“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3
Prior to my 38th year, I was born again. I was illiterate in the Word of God and ignorant of the return of Christ. Today, I am one of the Lord’s faithful, waiting upon His return. My thoughts so often ponder His return that a year ago I ordered personalized license plates that say “HES CMIG” (He’s Coming). I have had many people in my travels and in the large 850+ apartment complex where I live ask me, “What does it mean, He’s Coming”? By their question, I imagine that they are not aware of the many instances in Scripture where Jesus’ promised to come back once again.
One of my favorites is from John 14:1-4,6:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. … I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14: 1-4,6 (emphasis mine)
After sharing the hope I hold in anticipating the return of Jesus Christ with those who ask me, I pray for each one. Sharing the hope of God’s salvation ignites power within me when I have no strength. It is also how I persevere in the face of my adversities. Knowing that at any moment I can “see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory” (Mark 13:26) brings me so much hope and inexplicable joy!
Do you know the hope of Christ or find yourself thinking about your purpose in life? Does despair subliminally taunt you with hopelessness? How did you combat these negative thoughts?
Learn how to differentiate the voices. Read: Is That You, God?