Devotional—The Struggle of Sanctification–In Our Lifetime
The speaker, Pastor John Lomacang asked, “Have you considered that Jesus may come in your lifetime?” Truthfully, my answer was no. To say the question is thought-provoking is most likely an understatement.
We believe Jesus’ encouraging words in John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
And we are aware of Jesus’ promise, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22:12). Yet, many Christians are not actively preparing for the soon coming of Jesus.
The second extremely personal question “Are you ready for Jesus to come?” is answered by God. Our Creator knows that the majority of believers are not ready. God’s love, grace, mercy, and longsuffering is the reason that He has delayed the Second Coming of Jesus. Yet, the Apostle Peter warns us of our disbelief in Jesus’ promise, “Behold, I come quickly” as evidenced by our lax behaviors and absence of a steadfast relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Day of the Lord is Coming!
“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From, before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.'” (2 Peter 3:3-4)
Prayer: God, we ask for forgiveness for taking Your love, grace, and mercy for granted. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.