Do you love the appearing of Jesus?
Such a strange question, isn’t it?
However, our answer to that question is an early indicator of whether we will be an Overcomer or not.
The Apostle Paul was so focused on the day of Jesus’ appearing that no matter what showed up in front of him, he never wavered from his confession of faith in Jesus.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day, and not only to me but to all who have loved his appearing.” -2 Timothy 4:7
Some of us will indeed lose our lives for our faith. Others of us will be challenged to remain true to our confession of faith until we die.
Either way, faithfulness until the end, my friends, is an Overcomer!
An Overcomer is not a person who never sins again. For if we say we do not sin we make ourselves out to be liars.
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:7-9
An Overcomer is reminded, continuously, of the finished work of Christ and stands firm in that work: This finished work we made as our confession of faith in which we now stand.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” -Hebrews 4:14
“He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.” -Colossians 1:22-23
In just a few months, on January 27th, we will gather to get prepared for another year of unknowns. Let’s start the year invigorated, with our eyes stretched to the eternal horizon and our hearts steadfast, loving the future appearance of our Lord.
Bring a friend!
- Who is wavering right now in their faith?
- Who is starting to veer off course from their true confession of faith?
- Who is wondering if the wait is worth it?
Let’s be honest – this life is tough. But let’s get real honest, our Lord is tougher.
Waiting, with you, for His appearance,
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” -Titus 2:11-13