Preparations for Jesus Return Titus 2 13 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
What should we be doing in anticipation of or in preparation for Jesus Return? To prepare for Jesus return we should be:
Looking for Him – Tit 2:13 – these days everyone is looking for the Tribulation and the antichrist and the times of sorrows – but we aren’t to be looking for those things – we are to be looking for the Lord – keeping you eyes on Him will keep them off the world.
Living righteously – Tit 2:12; 2 Tim 4:8, 1 Jn 3:1-3 – the world is sinking in sin and we must live in righteousness – see also 1 Thes 3:13 – in the context of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is more said about living righteous, holy and unblameable lives than about any other thing that you and I can be doing – this is undoubtedly due to the fact that there is much more temptation to sin, much more opportunity to sin and many more Christians messing with sin these days than before.
Working for him – Tit 2:14 – we are to occupy till he comes – we should be trying to take as many souls as we can with us when we go [1 Thes 2:19-20] – there is great joy in bringing others to Christ and many Christians are missing out on this joy and replacing it with worldly pleasure in the church and in their lives.
Fighting the good fight of faith – 1 Tim 6:12-14; 1 Pet 1:6-9 – in the context of 1 Tim 6:9-10 you see that the great challenge to faith is the love of money – and we know that the trouble in the Laodicean age is the reliance on money rather than on the Lord [Rev 3:16-18] – the closer we get to the return of the Lord, the greater pressure there is to quit living by faith – but without faith it is impossible to please him [Heb 11:6] – and we must, like Enoch [who was “raptured” alive], have this testimony, that we please God [Heb 11:5] – we must keep living by faith and fighting the good fight of faith.
Preaching the word – 2 Tim 4:1-4 – we continue to preach the word because men don’t want to hear it as much now as they used to – modern churches have given in to the pressure to cater to the desires of the crowd – we want to minister to the desires of our Savior – and he said keep preaching my words!!!
Not sorrowing as others – 1 Thes 4:13-18 – many of our loved ones, who hoped by now to have gone up in the rapture before their deaths, have gone on before us – as grievous as it is to lose a loved one, we know that SOON we shall see each other again – and that mollifies our sorrow so that we don’t sorrow nearly as much as they do!!
Not succumbing to fear and deception – Lk 21:26; 2 Thes 2:1-3 – as we have said many times before, most “news” reporting is liberal, anti-God indoctrination and fear mongering – stay in your Bible and believe what the Lord says – a steady diet of reading and believing will keep your heart from fearing what’s coming – and it will also keep you from being deceived by the proliferation of false doctrine that abounds today.