– Jack Hyles
Longing for His Appearance
Revelation chapters 21 and 22 make me deeply crave the appearance of Jesus and to see Him for the very first time. Just before Paul was beheaded and in the very last letter, he wrote before death that he was certain “there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). Is that you, too? Don’t you find it hard to wait to see Jesus face to face? That will happen in time, as Revelation 21:3 says, “The dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God,” and believers “will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4).
Entering the Kingdom
After Jesus’ return, He will say some of the most wonderful words ever spoken to us: “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23). If you’re like most Christians, this is the day for which you are longing. It is the day when all our works for His sake will be rewarded, and even if you’ve been faithful in little, He will “set you over much.” How much? I don’t know. It depends on whether you’ve done things to be seen by others or done them in secret so God will reward you openly.
Saved, to Sin No More
I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired. How about you? Let me explain. When I sin, I am so sick over my sin that naturally I confess it to God, but then I do it again. Read Paul’s struggle in Romans 7:15, where he says, “For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Just like Paul, “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19). I cannot wait for that great day when we will be saved, to sin no more because in the kingdom, our very nature will be changed so that we cannot sin anymore. Friends, that cannot happen soon enough for me.
Hungering for Him
There is something about growing in grace and knowledge, and for a few Christians I know, they can’t get enough of God. It’s like they crave to know Him more deeply, which reminds me of the psalmist, who wrote, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God” (Psalm 42:1-2)? That is something we should ask ourselves every day: When shall we see God appear? Don’t you have a great hunger and thirst for that?
Jack Hyles is spot on by saying “I know enough of God to want to know more.” Is that you? Can you get a hunger for Him and His Word, the Bible? To know the Bible better is to know God better because if you know the Word of God better, you will know the God of the Word better.