FEAR OF CHRIST'S RETURN
By: Pauline Lee
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I looked at Casey's sorrowful face and asked if he was ok.
"Aren't you afraid? I have not done the things I want to do for God and if He does come back in our generation, He will not be pleased with me!" Casey exclaimed in sheer disdain.
"You're afraid of the things you've not done rather than how you've lived for Christ?" I asked.
"Isn't living for Christ judged by what He's called us TODO?" Casey remarked.
"Casey, you are also implying that those who receive Jesus into their lives at the last hour before their death will not please Jesus?" I asked with keen deliberation to move him into the question of salvation.
"But, but..." Casey reiterated and solemnly knew he had no answer to that.
"Jesus loves you just as much as He loves me. Your fear is not about His coming. Your fear is about your works in pleasing Him. You think God has a purpose for you for which you have not fulfilled. Let me ask you this, Casey - do you know that purpose He's called you for? If you have known that purpose for a long time and not executed His command, then you should start to seriously do it NOW. Fear should not creep into our hearts because of Christ's return. We should rejoice and be filled with gladness because we will meet with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords," I explained.
"What about you? You seem to have done nothing much to deserve that rejoicing," Casey retorted.
"Ah...ah, I have such peace and I am ready to be taken up and leave this place to meet my God because I believe I have done my best in living according to His purpose. God's purpose for me is to live in accordance with His Word. That is also His divine plan for each person. Each day, I look forward to ministering to people in my workplace. I do my best to live each day to please Jesus to the best of my ability. Out of the love He has poured forth on the cross, out of that I remind myself to remain in righteousness and love the people who have come into my life. I may not be Billy Graham or the 12 apostles or achieved Paul's ever admirable journey of life, but I have, through my suffering and daily troubles learn to live above my problems and for Christ. When I feel encouraged by Christ, I share through my writing for others to learn. When God answers my prayer, I testify for Him. When I have the opportunity to share my faith, I do it. When young people come to me with their issues, I listen, encourage and pray with them. Each day is passed with such blessing. I may not have written a dozen Christian books to earn my rewards nor have I brought a thousand people to Christ nor have I made headlines in any Christian journals," I replied.
Casey sat silent for a moment. Casey has always been headstrong in conveying his thoughts especially in spiritual matter. I have often admired Casey's faith and walk with God. There was never a more zealous Christian brother than Casey and he has always demonstrated good intentions. But many devout, sincere Christians are also struggling with the fear of Christ's return. They use many notable Christian characters as yardsticks. Let us not be misled. Else this wrong expectation of ourselves may also lead some into spiritual and psychological disorder.
In conclusion, if you are pondering over what you have done for Christ before His return, refer with me to Phil 3: 12 - 14. Always press on forward and not trying to live that perfect Christian life which can leave us drained and discouraged. Amen.