Recently I read a magazine that asked the question, “Is the Antichrist already among us?”
I read most of the magazine and never did get the answer to the question. It seems to have been a sensational headline to get readers. It certainly did the trick for me.
Many people are asking, “Is the Lord going to return soon?” Maybe we should ask another question. Maybe we should ask what we are to do until He returns.
I say that because that’s what Jesus spoke about. When He talked with his disciples, Jesus talked about what they should be doing until He did return.
What should we be doing until Christ returns?
By the way, the proper way to talk about Jesus coming is to use the word “return.” The phrase “second coming” is not found in Scripture, neither is the term “rapture.” Both terms are appropriate to use, but the language Jesus used centered around His “return.”
These are some of the things He said we should be doing until He returns.
First, we should be living in readiness. Jesus told His disciples to “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning” (Luke 12:35).These were pictures of readiness in ancient times.
Second, we should be fully alert to our world and to signs of our Lord’s return. While some people obviously go overboard looking for the return of Jesus, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be aware of the signs of the times. Jesus also told his disciples, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes” (Luke 12:37).
Third, we should be working as we anticipate the day of Christ’s return (Luke 12:43). God has a work and ministry for His people to perform. He wants us to give our best for His glory.
Finally, we must be seeking to please God in all we do. We must long for His return and seek to help others know Christ and the hope that comes only through Him.