I can’t waitSeptember 6, 2019
I just can’t wait
I recently heard a young lady telling her friends she just “couldn’t wait for fall to get here.” The things you anticipate about fall might reveal just how old you really are. For me, and probably most of you, the highlights include: changing leaves, campfires, college football, and the sound of a quiet air conditioner unit. But for younger generations the anticipation of fall includes: cute flannel shirts, great leather boots, fuzzy sweatshirts, and pumpkin spice lattes.
Even if fall isn’t your thing there are probably times in your life that you’ve expressed this type of anticipation. Activities from vacations to medical appointments can all excite our mind in a way that results in a strong desire for participation. Ask yourself what you are anticipating right now. A quick inventory will probably reveal to you the things that both keep you awake at night and which encourage you to get at It each day.
This sense of anticipation is something that Paul talks about in 2 Timothy 4:8. The idea shows a heart wholly consumed by a longing for the day Jesus returns to complete the promise made in John 14:3. This day will be the fulfillment of all that Christ Followers have hoped and prayed for since Acts 1. And this completion of our soul’s purpose brings with it the culmination of the Gospel story – when all things are made new and mimic the perfection found in the beginning of Genesis. This longing of the heart that Paul refers to will also be a time of final reconciliation – with the God who loved us enough to provide His Son as our sacrifice and faithful loved ones who’s life journey ended before ours. What are you anticipating? Commit to longing for the return of Jesus Christ. When you do you’ll never regret it and there’s a :crown of righteousness…” That’s a win for today and tomorrow.
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