24 July 2014
We know that all who have stood before God or even His angels in the bible have been stuck by fear and reverence – even to the extent of casting themselves face down onto the ground in the presence of the Holy One.
As Christians, we believe that having a relationship with Jesus is key to living a righteous life before God. Jesus who came to us in human likeness was far different from the overwhelming presence of God because Jesus was like us. But we should also remember that Jesus will look very different when He returns. Revelations 19:11-16 describes Jesus on his return as:
“Then I saw Heaven open wide—and oh! a white horse and its Rider. The Rider, named Faithful and True, judges and makes war in pure righteousness. His eyes are a blaze of fire, on his head many crowns. He has a Name inscribed that’s known only to himself. He is dressed in a robe soaked with blood, and he is addressed as “Word of God.” The armies of Heaven, mounted on white horses and dressed in dazzling white linen, follow him. A sharp sword comes out of his mouth so he can subdue the nations, then rule them with a rod of iron. He treads the winepress of the raging wrath of God, the Sovereign-Strong. On his robe and thigh is written, King of kings, Lord of lords.“
At the return of Jesus, we would be standing before God and the description and thought of that already provides both a sense of fear and self-reflection. How will i measure up? What would i say? Will Jesus say to me, “Good and faithful servant” or “Away from me, for I never knew you.”. These two sentences alone are enough to keep me cautious in not taking my faith too lightly. Whilst faith does encourage and God does comfort, the life of a Christian should not dwell only in such coziness.
Let me be ready Lord, let me stand before you in confidence on that day. Prepare my mind, body and soul to meet you on the appointed day. May i not slip into spiritual complacency but dutifully serve you in gratitude and reverence. May love motivate me and establish my actions.