Random Monday Morning Podium Thoughts

I’d like to request prayers on behalf of a brother at Keltonburg. His name is Ron C. and he was in an auto accident this past weekend which left him with a fractured neck, 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a badly broken arm, a broken wrist, a badly broken leg and a broken foot. He is doing well for his situation but he is in a lot of pain and he has a long road of recovery to go including at least one other surgery and a lot of rehab.

Last night was a great night at Keltonburg. We had two responses to the word. One baptism and one request for prayers. Plenty of reasons to smile and twice the number of hugs to give.

While putting together some notes for my sermon I came to appreciate the meaning of a section of scripture a little bit more. 1 John 3:1-3 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

In connection to the return of Jesus, John mentions that whoever has the hope of Jesus’ return purifies himself just as Jesus is pure. With that thought I made a connection to the point that we can be ready for Jesus’ return by living for it. The idea being that when our hope is set on the return of Jesus then our drive in life will be to live a life that’s actually ready for His return. So in other words, without a desire to live a life of purification, because of the hope of the second coming of Christ, there will be no purification of our life. We cannot live like a child of God and a child of Hell at the same time. I used these thoughts in connection to 2 Peter 3:11 which says, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,” where Peter is driving home a point that deals with a lifestyle choice based upon the hope of Jesus’ return.

I’m already behind on my “normal” workload for this week but is a preacher ever really ahead of his work?

Try to look for the providence of God in your life today – and have a great Monday.

#hope, #preaching-point, #second-coming