Anticipation! We are less than two weeks from this year’s inaugural vacation trip. We are slowing getting everything ready, making lists, and looking for canoeing sites in each area we are going to visit. But, wow, the anticipation that is running through our brains is almost enough to keep us awake at night. Just thinking about the fun, the relaxing, the adventure, makes me get restless and want to do something to make it come faster. The day we leave is not going to arrive any faster because of something I do or say, but I sure feel better about being busy doing work that leads to this trip. Even our youngest daughter is getting into it by doing research of each area we will be and making a list of ideas of things we can do. We are all excited for the day!
As Christians I believe we should be living with that same kind of anticipation. We should live as if we can’t wait for the day we arrive in heaven or the day Jesus returns for us, His children. When we ask Jesus to come into our lives and become our Savior and Lord, the moment that happens, we should be looking forward to the day we meet Jesus personally. In 2 Peter 3, Peter writes that Jesus is coming back for a day of judgment on the world. However, Peter encourages us and says Jesus is waiting patiently for us to spread the Gospel of God’s love to as many as possible. Which means you and I need to be busy with excitement and anticipation doing the things to prepare for that day. Look at 2 Peter 3:11-14: Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
God wants us to be actively working towards the day Jesus returns, or we goes to be with Him through death. Either way, we are to excitedly work because the "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Luke 10:2). Let’s be workers! Work with the same anticipation we have for vacations. I pray we all have anticipation for Jesus’ return.