I saw the other night on a news channel that some Christian-type group is declaring that Christ is going to return on May 11th, 2011. It is a pleasing, God-glorifying passion to anticipate and hope for and in the coming of the Lord, but how these kinds of Scripture-defying and Son of Man-defying predictions must grieve our Father (Matthew 24:36, 44, 50). Rather than predicting when we will see Christ we ought to be preparing to see Him.
One way that we prepare ourselves is by not only loving our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, but loving “all.” The apostle Paul, know for his ejaculatory prayers, prays in I Thessalonians 3:11-13 that the love of Christians would increase “for one another and for all.” This increase in love will not only great benefit those who are recepients of our love (Titus 3:8), but will provide crucial preparation in seeing our Savior’s face-”and for all so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.”
Loving others in the name of Jesus results in the our Father’s work of preparing our hearts in holiness so we are enabled to welcome and rejoice in seeing Christ rather than buckling in fear. As we love and serve “all” that we have opportunity, our heavenly Father, in his great love, will transform our hearts in the process and thus prepare us with a holiness that Christ will be pleased when he sees us. May it be and may He come!