For several weeks I have been asking the LORD, what would you have me share in the next blog? Honestly, I just write one when I am impressed to by the Holy Spirit. There are lots of things out there for you to read and get your hands on, so I never just write a blog to be able to say I did.
I do want to share with you something I read from one of my daily devotional books following my prayer time this morning. The reason I am sharing it with you is if you are like me and many others in the body of Christ you are watching the signs of the times. Biblical prophecies are being looked at more closely in this day and time than ever before.
Non-believers should be told the truth of the gospel and how Christ died on the cross for our sins and was buried and rose again, defeating death and ascending to His Father in heaven and coming again. Believers should be encouraged to be ready for His coming. BUT . . . do not miss His surprise visits in the here and now.
Our Lord’s Surprise Visits
by Oswald Chambers
You also, be ready . . . Luke 12:40
“A Christian worker’s greatest need is a readiness to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn. This is not easy, no matter what our experience has been. The battle is not against sin, difficulties, or circumstances, but against being so absorbed in our service to Jesus Christ that we are not ready to face Jesus Himself at every turn. The greatest need is not facing our beliefs or doctrines, or even facing the question of whether or not we are of any use to Him, but the need is to face Him.
“Jesus rarely comes where we expect Him; He appears where we least expect him, and always in the most illogical situations. The only way a servant can remain true to God is to be ready for the Lord’s surprise visits. The readiness will not be brought about by service, but through intense spiritual reality, expecting Jesus Christ at every turn. This sense of expectation will give our life the attitude of childlike wonder He wants it to have. If we are going to be ready for Jesus Christ, we have to stop being religious. In other words, we must stop using religion as if it were some kind of a lofty lifestyle – we must be spiritually real.
“If you are avoiding the call of the religious thinking of today’s world, and instead are “looking unto Jesus, setting your heart on what He wants, and thinking His thoughts, you will be considered impractical and a daydreamer. But when He suddenly appears in the work of the heat of the day, you will be the only one who is ready. You should trust no one, and even ignore the finest saint on earth if he blocks your sight of Jesus Christ.”
So I ask, are you we ready for the Lord’s surprise visits? Do we expect Jesus Christ at every turn throughout our day? Does your life have the attitude of childlike wonder? What is blocking your sight of Jesus Christ?
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