A passage read about a week ago has continued to find a way to stay in my thoughts. Perhaps it is because my One Word 2022 is “Wait”, and my word waited until after the summer to appear repeatedly in my reading.
One of the definitions of “wait” is: “to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens” (dictionary.com).
“Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.” (1 John 2:28, NASB)
“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (1 John 3:2-3, NASB)
These Scriptures have become a source of encouragement to my soul in these days we are living. Exactly what is John telling us?
- Abide in Him. John encourages us to abide in Christ – meaning to have a continual and deepening relationship with Him.
- Have confidence in His return. John wants us to remain in close relationship with Christ because of his certainty of Jesus’ return. It is not a matter of if, because He surely will return. It is a matter of when and the timing of this will always remain unknown.
- Keep our hope fixed on Him. As we abide in Him, we gain a hope not only in His return, but also in seeing Him and being like Him. Our hope comes solely from Christ, and abiding in Him.
- Remain pure. This hope will grow an awareness in us to remain pure and live a life of holiness. We cannot achieve this on our own, but only as the Lord indwells us and enables us to do so. We pursue holiness, making it our aim, each and every day.
John not only reminds us of the return of Christ,
but he tells us how to live as we wait.
“Abide in Him.”
“Gratitude as the feeling of joy toward someone showing me an undeserved kindness, or grace.” As we draw closer to Thanksgiving, Donna Bucher shares beautiful encouragement in her post The Grace of Gratitude HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.