In The Light Of Christ's Return
By James F. Hardman
In the light of our Lord's return, we must be vigilant in prayer, full of faith and good works and eager in our mission of evangelism. "Teaching about the Second Coming," avers a modern writer, "adds urgency to evangelism."
Even in the early days of the Christian Church the teaching of the Lord's return provided a stimulus to their evangelistic effort. The Apostle Paul's message was: "Now is the accepted time: behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2). It should be our concern in the last few years of this 20th century, through the preaching of the Gospel to gather many into the Gospel net before it is too late.
We today need to invest our time, talents and efforts in the lives of others. In the light of our Lord's return, every Christian should be an instrument in the hands of God for witness to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of men!
"Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing or in the morning: lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping, and what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch!" (Mark 13:35-37).
The Bible has much to say about the peril of being asleep (spiritually) when we should be awake and alert. We recall that Samson was robbed of his strength while he slept, and that the five virgins mentioned in Matthew 25 became drowsy and fell asleep, while the bridegroom tarried.
"The Second Coming," says J. E. Fison, "is a moral stimulant, not a moral narcotic."
"You are the children of light and the children of the day...therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober...let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love: and for an helmet the hope of salvation" (1 Thess. 5:5-8).
Condensed from The Herald of Hope.