Living in the meantime…

Daniel was told to “go your way until the end.” How do we go our way to the end?

These hopes we’ve been pondering — the realities we can be certain of — change our lives. They shape our attitudes, our actions, and our goals.

Here are some Scriptures our Father has given to guide us as we live in the meantime — between the time Christ has brought God’s grace and mercy to earth and the time when He will return as judge and King.

First of all, we remember that we are citizens of another kingdom.

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior (Philippians 3:20).

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come (Hebrews 13:14).

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name (Hebrews 13:15).

We live as citizens of that kingdom:

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed (Titus 2:11-14).

Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along…and while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight (2 Peter 3:11, 12, 14).

The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another (1 Peter 4:7-10).

And, as long as God gives people time to repent and come back to Him, we carry on with the mission given to us by our King.

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” (Matthew 28:19-20).

 

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Psalm Prayer:

I am trusting you, O LORD,
saying, “You are my God!”
My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.
(Psalm 31:14-16)

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© Elaine Starner 2015 Photo credits: Thanks to Claire Pridgeon, Paul Stutzman, Lana Turner, and Mary Jane Smith for sharing photography I’ve used on this site. (Click on each name to see more.)

One thought on “Living in the meantime…

  1. Amen Elaine! I thank you for always sharing a encouraging “Word”! Yes, the day draws nears, why are we so surprised at the wick ways? The Word is clear on what we will see. But this I know, our God is merciful lest any should perish, and He protects and hides us in the shelter of His wings:) Looking on to Jesus until He comes! Come Lord Jesus!

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