Think about it—if Jesus had returned last Wednesday at 2:53 p.m. it would have been stunningly glorious, profound, accompanied by a huge exhaled relief from the world as we know it. I'm all for it, and wait with hopeful, alert anticipation. I want out sometimes just like you do; however, in our waiting it is sobering to remember the lost plight of humanity who are standing outside of Christ.
In reading this you are reminded of your circle.
Your circle has believers. Your circle also has dear friends, cousins, and co-workers who need Jesus now. Pray for them: for bold salvation, for God to reveal Himself to them. That is exactly what I mean by saying, I'm glad Jesus hasn't returned.
If Jesus had returned last Wednesday at 2:53 p.m., all of those people you just thought about would NOT be with you if they are not in Christ. How sad, difficult to understand, convicting.
I love country music. In October of 2000, Diamond Rio released the song, One More Day. It was written by Bobby Timberlin and Steven Dale Jones during the holiday season, while Bobby was remembering the people who were no longer in his life. It wasn't intended as a worship song, but as a romantic ballad meant to make us think. When we layer a Christian worldview over that song, the chorus rings true. If you're reading this you have been given one more day. Aren't you glad as well that Jesus hasn't returned?
Challenge yourself to get to the end of the week and say, I didn't waste a day; I didn't miss a conversation or opportunity.
I think we would agree that we need to be reminded way more than we need to be informed. Wake up in Jesus today. Ask Him to meet you where you are this morning. Cry out. Intercede for your circle. Jesus will hear you. Tell someone. Bring them lunch. Buy their lunch. Do something unseen for the glory of God, for you've been given one more day and someone's eternity hangs in the balance.
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. —2 Peter 3:8,9 (NIV)