The return of Christ will be the most significant event in all of history. It will be spectacular and miraculous – scene by every living human. He will light the eastern sky as He appears for all to see. (Matthew 24:7) Jesus is coming again. No one knows the day or hour of the return of Christ, but it is imminent. It could be today, next year, or in a thousand years. So, that leaves us with a very important question, What to do until the return of Christ?
It’s been said “we should live our lives as if Jesus isn’t returning for thousands of years, but be ready as if He were coming today”. That’s not bad advice. However, the Bible gives us some specific directions as to what we should be doing as believers.
The Bible always presents the return of Christ as a great motivation to action, not as a reason to do nothing while waiting for His return. I want to give you two major areas we should be actively engaged in until the moment Jesus returns;
1. Be Faithful. In Revelation 2:10 Jesus tell us “Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life“ Being faithful until Jesus returns has several applications.
First, it means to faithfully remain ready and watching for Him. Luke 12:37 says “The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. ” In Matthew 24:44 Jesus said, “you must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” In other words some could be be caught off guard – surprised and completely unprepared.
We need to faithfully stay alert and always mindful the Lord could return at any moment. Each one of us must personally stay ready and watching. There are many distractions in the world that can cause you to lose focus. “Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2) Don’t lose focus. Don’t be caught off guard. Remain faithful.
Second, we should faithfully continue growing in the Lord. Philippians 1:6 gives us this encouraging word, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” God is faithful to continue working in our lives.
We must faithfully surrender our will to His will and allow Him to work in us. We are being transformed daily into His image. (2Corinthians 3:18; Romans 12:1) We should faithfully be living our lives in a way that brings glory to God.
Peter warned about scoffers who would continually ask, “Where is the promise of His coming?” Even though it’s been 2,000 years since Jesus promised His return we must remain faithful until that day. 2 Peter 3:14 in the Amplified Bible says this, “So, beloved, since you are looking forward to these things (end time events), be diligent and make every effort to be found by Him at His return spotless and blameless, in peace that is, inwardly calm with a sense of spiritual well-being and confidence, having lived a life of obedience to Him.”
As long as you are alive on this earth be faithful to the Lord allowing Him to work in you, on you, and through you, so you can live your life in way that honors the Lord and sets an example for others. Remain faithful.
2. Be Fruitful. This means we should take advantage of every opportunity to be a witness for Christ. We are to be “salt and light” while we are here in this world. (Matthew 5:13-14)
Being fruitful means diligently serving the Lord. We should be using our time, talent, and treasure wisely. Jesus put it this way in the parable of the ten minas in Luke 19:13. He said we are “to occupy” until He returns. Occupy means to be at work in life and in building the kingdom of God.
We should be faithfully sharing the Gospel at home and around the world. (Mark 16:15) We are to be fruitful by making disciples. (Matthew 28:19) We should be living our lives every day; taking care of our families, going to work, contributing to our communities, etc.
God has a work and ministry for each of us to fulfill. We should give our best for His glory. We are not to just sit around doing nothing. God wants us to be fruitful.
Our Blessed Hope
What are you to do until the return of Jesus? Be faithful to the Lord with your calling and life always prepared for the moment He returns and be fruitful using your life to make a difference.
Jesus will ‘never leave you or forsake you, (Hebrews 13:5) He will be with you always to help you. (Matthew 28:20) That’s a promise you can trust and take comfort in. His return is another precious promise you can trust with all your heart. He said He would come get us and that means He will. Until the moment He returns – Be faithful and fruitful always ready….this is our BLESSED HOPE
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;” (Titus 2:13 KJV)