Hebrews 9:27-28 Are You Waiting For Him?

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28

Every person on the earth knows that their time on earth is limited and that there is coming a day when they will die. For most people this brings about fear. They do not know what to expect after death.

In not knowing what to expect, they live in fear of death and the future.

The author of Hebrews points out how everyone is destined to die, but points to a future hope that some will have. Anyone who is waiting for Christ’s return, is looking forward to the salvation He will bring.

Although believers will die, just like every other person on the earth, they can have a completely different view of death then every one else. The believer who understands the forgiveness and grace of Jesus, will have a hope that no one else can understand or know.

Their hope is in knowing the purpose Jesus forgave them of all of their sins. That very purpose is to save them and bring them into heaven to live eternally with God.

In order to gain that salvation, one must believe and be waiting for His return. There are some in the church who claim to believe, but are working to earn their salvation, not trusting Jesus. Others are living a double life, going to church on Sunday, but living like the world the rest of the week. These are people who are not waiting and looking for His return.

Everyone who is not waiting for Jesus, will miss Him when He does return.

When Jesus died and rose again, He did that so that you may know His love, forgiveness and receive the salvation He will provide. It was not just for everyone else, but you also are included.

As you live your temporary life here on this earth, do not forget to keep watch and waiting for His return. Know that as you trust and wait for Him, He will return some day to complete the salvation that He started in you.

You have the hope of eternal life in you, don’t quit waiting for its completion.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know the hope of salvation Jesus will bring; that you will patiently wait for His return; and that you will live in hope of eternal life with God some day.

Romans 14:8 What Is Your Purpose In Life?

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8

All over the world, people are searching for their purpose in life. They want to know why they are there and what they are to do.

Some will find their purpose and reject it. Others will find that purpose and pursue it with everything in them. Many will never find that purpose. Never really knowing what they are to do, they just wander through life, lost.

As Paul points out that all foods are good to eat, he also points out that each person is to live or die for the Lord.

Without God in the picture, man has no real purpose on this earth. He lives for a short time, eats, drinks, works, and then dies. It is all over, with no lasting purpose.

The world has no real, solid standard to live by, anything goes. With no standard, there can be no purpose.

God made man for fellowship with Him and with others. He has set the rules for living a full, worthwhile, purposeful life. Every person can have a life that is full of meaning and purpose, beyond anything that this world can offer.

The life of a believer is to be lived for God in life and in death, in everything that one does. Jesus came to bring life to every person. He bought their lives with His blood, thus every person belongs to Him. Most, however, do not know that.

Sadly, many believers do not fully realize that they belong to Christ. They live their lives trying to please themselves and others. Living for God means that one will do everything he does for God and by God’s methods. He does not live for self or others.

As a believer, you also are to live for God in all that you do. Examine your life and see what your real purpose is in this life. See if it is for self or for God.

Seek God to find out what His purpose in this life. Then pursue that purpose and really live for God in every area of your life. This is turning from all sin, then becoming His witness and making disciples as you worship God with all of your life. This is the same purpose as what Jesus had.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God; that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that God will open doors for you to do His will; and that you will be a witness for Jesus everywhere you go.