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Living Expectantly

by Ron Bartanen

Are you living expectantly? To live expectantly is to live with hope.  The hope I refer to is that mentioned in Titus 2:13: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”

Too often we confine our hope to “going to heaven when I die.”   While this is a great

desire,  it is not to be the ultimate desire of the believer in Christ.  We are taught to look with anticipation for the coming again of Christ to receive His bride, the church.  As a loving bridegroom, Jesus promised His disciples that his departure from the earth was to prepare a home for us, and that He would return that we might dwell with Him (John 14:1-4).  We, as a bride, are to be looking for His return for us with eager expectation..  It is not for the undertaker that we are to be looking, but for the upper-taker, as Paul wrote, “to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17).  Look to His word for guidance as you live expectantly, “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”

 




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Romans 14:8