Jesus spoke at length to the disciples about many subjects, but the one area which He wanted them to grasp was the vision about His second coming. Everything He wanted them to know concerned His return and what needed to happen before He came back, therefore the disciples who later became the apostles based their entire vision, hope and lifestyle in His return. Today the talk of Jesus returning is extremely limited because the church is busy focussing on what their daily provisions need to be. The following are typical examples of this:
Numbers – Are churches keeping membership and converting those into tithes/offerings?
Teaching – What’s being taught? Most preachers recycle their sermons based on their convictions!
Fellowship – Coffee and Cake keep the need for the HolySpirit at a minimum – I am not against coffee and cake, but it does replace the spiritual over time.
If you are a disciple of Jesus you will be extremely focussed on His return for many reasons; One being that scripture tells us that this is our only blessed hope in the book of Titus. Secondly, you will do everything in mind for the generations to come hence why Jesus had the Apostles plant the first churches. Forward thinking with spiritual principles in mind will bless people with truth and vision and God’s will shall be executed and His Kingdom will come. Below are three benefits of looking forward to Jesus coming back:
Realisations that earthly pain is temporary
Realisation that your time is short
Realisation that you have much authority and responsibility
It’s time for the church to wake up from their survival mode and understand the times and seasons we are living in. Without vision, we perish, and those who want to be disciples recognise that they will only live the abundant lifestyle through focussing on Jesus coming back. Followers are concerned with today and their needs; disciples think about pioneering for future generations.