Let Us Be Earnest About Christ’s Return
  By T. T. Shields

    How the prospect of the Lord’s return ought to solemnize our hearts! How it ought to lead us to the purification of our lives! How we ought to live, giving all diligence that when He shall come we shall be "found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless"! (2 Pet. 3:14).

    My brethren and sisters, who have named the name of Jesus – I am concerned to see people saved. God grant us thousands of souls! But oh, let those of us who profess to have been washed in the blood, and to be living for that day of His appearing – let us live as those who are always "looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God" (2 Pet. 3:12), unto that glorious consummation. So as we are concerned for ourselves, we ought to give ourselves diligently to prayer and effort for the salvation of others.

    Why does the Lord tarry? To give you a chance, and to give me a chance, to be more earnest than ever in seeking to bring souls to Christ. He gives us another day – and another day – and another day, not that we may selfishly employ them in seeking our own ease and comfort, but that we may give every living moment something to keep in store, that we may give ourselves unsparingly to the task of getting the old world ready, so far as it is possible to do so, by the power of God, through the preaching of the Gospel, for the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Keep your eyes on Him, and on His coming, but do not join the company of stargazers who are so intent upon the coming of the Lord that they forget there are hundreds of millions in this world who are not ready for His coming. Let us save as many as we can (speaking after the manner of men). Let us evangelize as many as we can in our own family, in our own city, in our own country, in all the regions beyond even to the uttermost parts of the earth, remembering the Lord is eagerly looking for the marriage day, longing to come for His beloved, that that great day may be accomplished.

    What are we doing in the meantime? "The longsuffering of our Lord is salvation" (2 Pet. 3:15). He waits that His people, by the power of His Spirit, may be used to bring multitudes to the feet of Christ. Let us be in earnest about it!

    – The Gospel Witness