Preparing For Christ’s Return
By Kim Butts
In these days preceding the return of Christ, the Lord’s church, His precious bride, must earnestly prepare herself. God desires to see all of us, from the youngest to the oldest, actively preparing for and eagerly awaiting His return.
As a family, you should continually be talking about the need to know Jesus, no matter what age your children or grandchildren may be. You should freely confess your sins to one another and pray for one another (Jas. 5:16; 1 John 1:9). When we are cleansed of our sins, we can experience times of refreshing…those precious moments when His wonderful love can wash over us and make us whole, new, and clean (Acts 3:19-21). Teach your children what it means to have a repentant heart before God.
Please do not hesitate or wait until you feel your children are old enough to understand the salvation message. It needs to be part of the continuous culture of your family that Jesus is Savior and Lord of your lives and home! Do not be complacent and think you have a lot of time for your children to make a decision of the heart. Remember, you do not know the day or the hour when Jesus will return. Prepare your children to be more excited about their heavenly home than they are about their earthly one (Phil. 3:20).
Make Yourselves Ready
As we talk about the return of Jesus in our homes, it is very important to discuss how we should live. As we study Scripture, we will become more and more aware of the way God wants us to act before that day arrives. “Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7). Notice that this passage does not say that God will make us ready. It states clearly that we, the bride of Christ, have made ourselves ready. It is important to realize that this will not happen in our own strength and that much prayer must go into such preparation. Here are some specific prayers for your family:
1. Pray that He will make you and your family pure as He is pure (1 John 3:2-3).
2. Pray that He will strengthen the hearts of your family so that you will be blameless and holy in God’s presence (1 Thes. 3:13).
3. Pray that God will sanctify (consecrate, set apart) your family for His purposes (1 Thes. 5:23).
4. Pray for love, knowledge, discernment and righteousness to abound in your family (Phil. 1:9-10).
5. Pray that your family will live good lives to the glory of God (1 Pet. 2:12).
– Adapted from the December 2005 issue of Herald of His Coming.