“Looking for Jesus”

Thought for Today: Looking for Jesus

I know you may have heard for most of your life that Jesus is coming back for those who are looking for Him. I am not even going to try and say when Jesus is coming, Jesus himself said “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). 

We have never seen days like the ones we are living in now. I would say if anyone were shocked about what is going on in the world today, they have not spent enough time in the word of God.  

What is happening in our world today does not surprise God, and if you are a child of the living God, it should not shock you. The word of God says “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady (demanding) high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4). 

Are YOU LOOKING FOR JESUS? Just because a person goes to church does not mean they are looking for Jesus to come back. Just because a person listens to worship music or reads the word of God does not mean they are looking for Jesus to come back. “How do I know if I am looking for Jesus’ to come back, Pastor Erick?” To look for Jesus to come back is to simply love Jesus so much that you anticipate the promise He gave you. “What promise is that, Pastor Erick?” That promise is found in John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there you may be also.”  

Jesus knows who is looking for Him and He knows who truly loves Him. How does He know who loves Him? Jesus gave us the answer to how He will know if a person truly loves Him, or if they are just giving lip service, in John 14:15 which plainly says, “IF YE LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.”  

You are showing Jesus that you love Him when you love your neighbor as yourself. You are showing Jesus that you love Him when you forgive the unforgivable, love the unlovable, touch the untouchable, and by showing grace and mercy to those who do not deserve it.  

You are showing Jesus that you love Him, and that you are looking for His return, when you pick up your cross daily (do not allow your feelings and/or emotions stop you from doing what God says). By living your life according to the word of God, it shows Jesus that you love Him and are anticipating His promise to come and share eternal life with you.  

For it is written, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and unto THEM THAT LOOK FOR HIM SHALL HE APPEAR THE SECOND TIME WITHOUT SIN UNTO SALVATION” (Hebrews 9:28). 

It’s not enough to say that you are looking for Jesus, you must show Him that you are looking for Him by living a life that is pleasing to the Father. Don’t live your life by the world, live your life by the WORD and know Jesus is not like man, HE keeps His promises. 

Be Blessed

By Erick Young