Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Watching

"Behold, I come quickly!" — Revelation 3:11

"Even so! come, Lord Jesus!" "Why do the wheels of Your chariot tarry?" For six thousand years, this world has rolled on, getting timeworn with age, and wrinkled with sins and sorrows. A waiting Church sees the long-drawn shadows of twilight announcing, "The Lord is at hand!" Prepare, my soul, to meet Him! Oh! happy day, when your adorable Redeemer, so long dishonored and despised, shall be publicly enthroned in the presence of an assembled universe, crowned Lord of All, glorified in His saints, satisfied in the fruits of His soul's travail, destroying His enemies with the brightness of His coming — the lightning-glance of wrath — causing the hearts of His exulting people to "rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory!" Prepare, my soul, to meet Him!

Let it be a joyous thought to you — your "blessed hope" — the meeting of your Elder Brother! Stand oftentimes on the watchtower to catch the first streak of that coming brightness, the first murmur of these chariot wheels. The world is now in preparation! It is rocking on its worn-out axle. There are voices on every side proclaiming "He comes! He comes to judge the earth!" Reader! are you among the number of those who "love His appearing?" Remember the attitude of His expectant saints: "Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when He comes, will find WATCHING!"

2 comments:

Darrel said...

A lost passion of the church. We have found some many other things to occupy and fill our minds with that this simple "watching" has be relegated to near obscurity. And oh how we cheat ourselves by falling into this trap. The signs of His imminent return are visible to those who have eyes to see, but sadly most people concern themselves with signs and not the Savior. This "sign watching" has become a very useful tool of the wicked one along with the incumbent predictions, pronouncements, and 'prophesies' that never come true, yet are believed on par with the Bible these people carry. And believed to the point of superseding the Word of God. Heb. 10:28 and 1 Cor. 1:7 should be taken into account, especially the phrase "eagerly waiting". It's difficult to 'eagerly wait' for Him and be concerned with signs and the acquiring of knowledge that we are not meant to know.

lyn said...

The signs should cause us to be anticipating His sudden return, but as you have said, it leads many to focus on the signs and not the Savior. He is coming! We should be extremely excited in this late hour and keep a close watch for Him!