Live Ready For His Return

All who are obsessed with being secure in life will lose it all—including their lives. But those who let go of their lives and surrender them to me will discover true life.
— Jesus, Luke 17:33, The Passion Translation

Security and comfort are highly sought after commodities. We think about them when we take jobs, buy houses, choose schools for our children. I’m tempted to say something here about how fine that all is, because it’s not wrong to want to be secure. It’s good to take care of and steward what we’ve been given in this world. Yet Jesus is clear here and in many other places that this world is not our home, that this life is not all there is, that eternal things and spiritual currency look much different from what we tend to spend our lives and our focus on.

He is warning His followers that one day He will return and that we should live with a sense of readiness and awareness. It can be uncomfortable to talk about, but Jesus didn’t live or teach for our present comfort alone. He told the truth in love for the sake of the salvation of the world.

Practically, what does this look like for us today? How do we keep an eternal perspective right where we are while we continue to live our lives? How do we make sure that we aren’t holding too tightly to the here-and-now?

Well, I think it starts right here with paying attention to the sometimes uncomfortable truth that we are going to be tempted to live for right now and to ignore what’s coming. It starts with talking about it, praying about it, taking seriously that Jesus made a point to tell us to live ready for His return. It takes being willing to step out or give up or stay or go at the Spirit’s leading, valuing His Kingdom more than our own. If our hearts reflect this, so will our lives.

Call to action:

Spend a moment in prayer asking God to give you an eternal perspective, revealing if there is anything you are holding tightly that is not of eternal value.

Read for next week:

Luke 18:1-17