My personal testimony is that Jesus Christ saved my soul on May 20, 1971; then after several years, He called me to preach the Gospel; attend Bible College two thousand miles away; begin our first ministry in Turlock, California, and pastored in San Diego for 27 years. Now we are serving on the faculty at Golden State Baptist College in Santa Clara California and loving it. It is hard to explain; however, we felt an urgency, an alertness, and a readiness for what He wanted us to do. I believe it should be with that same kind of urgency, alertness, and readiness with which we watch for His coming.
- Urgency implies no time to waste and not quitting in Proverbs 27:1, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
- Alertness implies followship or forsaking all: Matthew 19:27, “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?”
- Readiness implies willingness and eagerness in Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.:
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST SHOULD BRING US COMFORT
Verse 18, “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Here is a fearful thought: over one million people die during a one week period, and most of them are going to hell. On the other hand, thank God for those souls we will see again, and this should give us comfort, and help us to comfort others with these words.
IT GIVES AN INCENTIVE TO WIN SOULS TO CHRIST
Incentive implies that we are motivated to respond to God’s call and it implies that we will be encouraged by God’s commendation, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
Make sure you are ready and stay occupied until He comes.