I was reading through the book of Revelation when I came across this verse.
Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
After reading this, I had to pause for a moment and ask myself if I could honestly say the last five words and mean them. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” I mean, I want Jesus to come back, but do I want Him to come back now? This led me to another verse.
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
This is what believers are supposed to be doing. We should be looking for Him, anticipating Him. Christ’s appearing should be an exciting thought for me. However, I fear that I do not look for Him with the fervor that I should have. So, I asked myself, “Why is this?” Then, I noticed that this verse did not have a period at the end of it, but a semicolon. So, I read the next verse.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Then, I believe I found at least part of my problem. Jesus gave Himself on the cross to redeem me from all iniquity and purify me. I am supposed to be different from the world around me, which is full of people who have not experienced that redemption. Perhaps I am too caught up in what the world has to offer. Not that I have allowed myself to participate in overt, unrepentant sin, but maybe I have given in to the worldly thinking that pervades my culture. As a result, maybe I have lost some of my desire to be thoroughly cleansed from the sin that I carry in my flesh. Furthermore, it has likely affected my will to be “zealous of good works”.
This then led me to a final verse in my search for what troubled me.
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
I wonder if I have loved the world. This does not mean the world that God created, but rather the world’s system, which is ruled by the “god of this world”–Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4). I fear that too many times I find myself so consumed with what is going on around me that I forget what is going on above me. As the old song says, “This world is not my home. I’m just a passing through.” My home is in Heaven and that’s where Jesus is. One day He is coming back. And that is an event I should be looking for.