So, are you ready for 2017? What do you anticipate this next year to be like?
Are you excited about the transition from Obama to Trump?
For some folks, that thought creates fear and anxiety. For others, it leads to rejoicing.
Nevertheless, this is the time of year that I encourage folks to pray through setting their annual goals in a variety of areas of life… spiritual, physical, financial, and career.
And, I want you to do that, but as I look back over 2016 and even some recent world events, I can’t help but wonder if 2017 might be the year our Savior comes for His Bride.
You see, all the key players are in place for the battle described in Ezekiel 38, there are many rabbis preaching that their Messiah is very near, and Israel is being pressured from all sides and by the UN.
Our world seems like a powder keg, and someone has lit the fuse.
So, I guess what I want us to ponder is the question: are we ready for the upward call of Christ Jesus?
What do we need to do to be ready?
First, we need to make sure that we are in a relationship with Jesus, which can only happen by repenting from sin and placing our faith in His shed blood to pay for sin.
Second, we need to surrender to His Life in us as His disciples.
It’s one thing to believe Jesus is the Son of God, but it’s another level of faith to choose to follow Him as Lord.
I believe strongly that this year could be the one that Jesus comes for His Bride — those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior.
So, I want to be found ready as a Jewish Bride would be, if she expected her groom to show up at any moment to sweep her off to the wedding ceremony.
I also don’t want to leave here with the regret of not sharing the gospel with the folks I care about.
How about you?
Are you ready for His return?
If not, what do you need to do this year to be ready?
Who do you need to share the gospel with?
What areas of your life need to be cleaned up with a lifestyle change?
Let me encourage us all to spend some time allowing the Holy Spirit to search us to see what changes He wants us to make, so that we can be prepared to share the gospel and to meet our Bridegroom in the air when His call comes.
I hope you’ll accept this challenge, and I hope you have a blessed 2017.
Happy New Year!