Has the following thought ever crossed your mind?
“It’s been two thousand years and He still hasn’t come. The saints of every generation have expected His return and life has moved on as it always has. There is nothing necessarily special with our generation so why should I focus my attention on His future coming when it most likely won’t take place for a long time.”
You may have never spoken these words audibly to anyone, but I think, if most of us were honest with ourselves, we would admit having felt this way at some time or another. It is my desire to demonstrate Biblically why you must believe that the Lord Jesus is coming back during your life on this earth. Let your confidence in the glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior overwhelm you as you live the remainder of your days.
While I do not have an exact date in mind, if you do not believe that Jesus will return in your lifetime then you are wrong. Not intellectually, but practically. What I mean is that if you do not believe with full conviction that your Lord is returning at any moment then you will not live out your God-given potential in this life. Your lackadaisical attitude towards His Revelation will negatively affect the way you function in your daily routine.
How you spend your time will be influenced by when you believe the Master is coming. What do you prioritize in life? What kinds of movies do you watch? What songs do you listen to? Whose bed are you sleeping in? Where do you go at night when nobody is watching? How much time do you spend playing mind-numbing games and sit like a vegetable in front of the computer screen? When was the last time you prayed, ingested Scripture and shared the Gospel with someone else?
2 Peter 3:3-4 says,
“…scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.’”
We often emphasize in evangelism the longing of spending eternity in Heaven. Yet what consumed the apostles in their teaching was the fact that the Lord is coming back and their challenge to us is to be faithful when He returns. Do not find yourself to be a scoffer of the Lord’s coming as others may be prone. It is no man’s desire to be found on the last day as the unfaithful or wicked servant Christ spoke of in Matthew 25:14-30. If Christ came back tomorrow, what would He say of you?