Actively Waiting

Actively Wait

Actively Wait

Have you ever waited for something? I mean, anticipation building, knots in your stomach, not sure how much longer you can handle it, waiting.

Maybe for you it was the grade on a really important test. This one is make it or break it for your semester, and it happens to be the one test that your teacher takes forever to grade.

Or maybe it was an acceptance letter to college. You are the first person to the mailbox every day. You even find yourself walking out to the mailbox a second time in case it was in there and you didn’t see it.

Could it have possibly been the return of someone you love from a trip? You sit at the airport, watching every face that goes by. You even jump a little when you see someone with a similar build to the person you’re waiting for.

 All followers of Jesus are waiting. We may not think about it often or sit with knots in our stomach, but we have received His promise of His return that is well worth the wait. In John 14, Jesus tells his disciples that he goes to prepare a place for them, then he says,

“If I go prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

This promise is confirmed after Jesus’ ascension when his disciples stood, gazing into the sky. Two men in white clothing appeared and asked,

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven will come in the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:10-11)

He is coming back! The New Testament writers Paul and Peter tell us His return will be “like a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10). We do not know when He will return, so we wait.  However, if we don’t know when He will be here, how do we wait?

 ACTIVELY EXALTING CHRIST

An answer to this is found in the first chapter of Philippians. Paul writes to the church in Philippi, telling the people that he is thankful for them and that his imprisonment is turning out for the further progress of the gospel. He rejoices and tells them,

 “…with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better…” (Philippians 1:20b-23)

 Paul understands that Christ is better than life. He longs to be with Him. He calls being with Christ being “very much better.” However, while he is on earth, he chooses to labor and says that for him “to live is Christ.” Paul understands that Christ is better than anything that life has to offer but his goal, while waiting, is Christ’s exaltation.

We know that Christ will return one day, and His exaltation will be magnificent. People from every tribe, tongue, and nation will worship Him (Revelation 7: 9). But why wait until then to see Him exalted? Let us not waste this time of waiting by sitting idly, let us take up an active stance that every moment of life is for His glory.

 ACTIVELY CONQUERING SIN

With this attitude, you will find it is easier to conquer sin as well. In 1 Thessalonians 5:6, Paul calls this being “alert and sober” for the day of Christ’s return. When we live for Christ’s glory, we walk in the light. Our minds are not clouded with false ambitions and hopes because our ultimate hope and ambition is to be with Christ and see Him exalted. It is hard to do the things of darkness when you are living in the light.

We have the greatest thing to wait for: Christ’s return! He has promised to come back! While we wait, though, let us be found alert, active, and ready. Let us make our greatest ambition, while waiting, living for Christ’s glory by fleeing temptation and seeing sin for what it is, deeds of darkness. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! We are actively waiting…


Kristina received her degree in theatre from the University of Georgia. She first came to Transform Student Ministries as a Boot Camper, then, came back several years later as one of our Summer Interns, and has staffed at Boot Camp. Kristina loves the Lord with all her heart, and wants to follow Him fully! Her love for the Lord is contagious. 

Read more posts by Kristina here

Editor’s Note: If you like the subject of this blog, check out Precept’s 40 Minute Study, DISCOVERING WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS, for a better biblical understanding in what we hope in! 

 

40 Minute Bible Study

40 Minute Bible Study

 

More Blogs copyDecember Student ConferenceSummer Internship Contact Us

If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it!
Icon Icon Icon

Leave Your Response

* Name, Email, Comment are Required