Maranatha! Lord, Come Quickly!

Monday, January 9, 2012
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Revelation 22:7,20 – "Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book." He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (NKJV)

While driving in my car the other day, I heard an old Tim McGraw song, Live Like You Were Dying:

    I went sky diving, I went Rocky Mountain climbing
    I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named "Fu Manchu"
    and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
    and I gave forgiveness I'd been denying
    and he said someday I hope you get the chance
    to live like you were dying.

All those adventures sound like a great way to live.

Some of us may have lower expectations of excitement than what the world thinks is cool — I hope to have the house clean at the end of the day! I want to give my child a hug every day; I want to send a letter to a lonely friend; I want to honestly pray for a friend when that friend has requested prayer; and I want to watch the sun set and thank God for another day. These are all important ways to live.

Throughout the past fifteen years, I have often remembered a college professor who used to end his class with a prayer that finished with words based on 1 Corinthians 16:22 and today's verses: "Maranatha! Lord, come quickly!" I pondered those words and placed them near to my heart. I really do want to have the Lord come back quickly, but I also want to greet each day to the glory of God because I never know when my time on earth is done.

Now as I prepare for the mission field, I am excited that I can continue to worship God by sharing His good news. Even though I am ready to meet my Saviour today, there are many in this world who are not there yet. It is a challenge to all of us as believers to recognize God's calling on our lives, and to understand the chief calling of man, as defined by the Westminster Shorter Catechism: "to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever".

Prayer: Father God, may we never forget that You have called us Your own. We pray that we can strive to worship You each and every day and to share Your amazing love with those around us. May we understand that our lives are just a twinkle in Your eyes, and that You deserve all the glory! Amen.

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