He is coming very soon – Part 1
Rev. 22:12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
Brethren, whether we are in agreement or not, and irrespective of our religious inclination, one thing is certain and that is the Lord of Host will come very shortly to reward everyone according to his deeds. He shall come suddenly, in the twinkle of an eye. No one should make light of the assertion that our Master and Lord Jesus Christ is coming very soon, or joke with his life because the day of His coming shall not give room for preparation. If anybody is thinking of preparing on that day, he or she is making a lot of mistake. The divine declaration in the Scriptural verse above is meant to awaken you from slumber, so as to get you prepared for His coming, and more importantly to impress in your mind the importance of giving attention to the concern of your soul. This is because His coming will award every soul heaven or hell, the crown or the curse. It will be a time for life appraisal in which there will be little space for repentance and amendment. Therefore, let him or her that is holy persevere and hold fast what he or she has received because Christ is coming very soon.
Anybody who claims to be a believer and is careless with his or her Christian life is not wise. Those who are tired of godliness because they thought they have gotten what they wanted in this life and those whose faith has been weakened as a result of hard condition of life must know they must be prepared for His coming. Let these people know that, if the trumpet sounds and they are not prepared and there is no righteousness in them, Christ will still come but they will blame themselves.
Peoples’ willingness or unwillingness to prepare for the coming of the Lord cannot stop God’s programme. Both those He will meet unprepared and those that will be prepared shall receive reward according to their stewardship. None will receive the other’s reward. If you preach of His coming and are not prepared when He comes, you will be given the reward of the unprepared. Our Lord’s coming will be a thing of joy to those that are ready but dreadful to those that are not. If you claim to be a believer but have instincts of an unbeliever- covetousness, hatred, speaking evil of people, backbiting, lying, cheating, stealing, etc, you will not be said to be prepared. If you choose the world as your portion in this life you will have hell as your portion in the other life.Matthew 24:44 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
The call for all time readiness is being made because of the unpredictability of the time of His coming. Those who are professing Christianity, but are engaged in the business of the world and waiting to get prepared at His coming will be disappointed at the suddenness of His coming or their death. If you have ears hear that the coming of the Lord of Host is certain, but the precise time of His coming is not certain. That is the reason it is advisable that everyone who wishes to receive a good reward and commendation, when He shall come should ensure he/she is running this heavenly race with consciousness of righteousness and without anything standing before Him and God.
The only thing that can qualify one for commendation is righteousness and holiness. So, in your preparation, you are to wage war against sin, bad passions and corrupt desires. Instead of seeking revenge on your persecutors and foes, make it rather your aim to forgive and be holy. Let the great purpose of your life be to pursue righteousness and holiness. There may be trials and temptation, but I am assuring you that God’s grace will be sufficient to see you through.
1Corinth 7:29 “But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;”The time is short and very short. So, let us take advantage of now and make sure that nothing is standing between us and God, so that at His coming we will be sure of a good reward.
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