By Contributing Writer Shannon
He is coming! Our Redeemer is coming!
No, I’m not referring to Christmas. While the birth of our Savior is absolutely important, I believe that His return deserves a greater anticipation for us at this point in time.
The Hebrews anticipated the arrival of their King in their day. They had heard this promise of God through ancestors and prophecy for generations.
That promise came as a baby. He lived and ministered; He died on the cross for our sins, rose on the third day, and eventually ascended to Heaven. The great news for us is that it’s not over.
The bridegroom is coming back for us!
I think we get so tied up in our earthly lives (even in the good stuff, like ministry) we forget that He is coming back for us. When was the last time you truly anticipated His coming and felt the words, “Come Lord Jesus!”
The ultimate gift to us was the forgiveness of our sins and the fact that we aren’t going to be left if we have put our trust in Him. He is coming. We may not live to see the exact moment He returns, but we will live with Him in eternity forever. That is exciting and worth anticipating!
We won’t be disappointed in this perfect gift.
2 Timothy 4:8 “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
I want to help my family in building this excitement. It is not over when we leave this earth. Death isn’t scary. The end of the world isn’t scary. We will be met by the safe, loving arms of the Father.
Our children need to know this. They need to know that the temporary things of this life are not all there is. If they live a life looking forward to God’s Kingdom, they will make better choices here on earth and they will make efforts to build that Kingdom during their time here.
“And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.” 1 John 2:28
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:13
“But our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!” Philippians 3:20-4:1
How do you build a Kingdom mindset in your children?