Revelation 22:12-13 – “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (NIV 1984)
My Musings – I’ve worked for four different companies in my nearly 42 year post-college career. All of them required a certain degree of travel. Fortunately, it was not too frequent and the time away was rarely for extended stays. Like the dad pictured in the cartoon above, my son Joel came to expect some kind of gift when I returned. Nothing elaborate or expensive, but no matter how small or trivial, he was always excited. Of course, I know he was also glad to see me.
One particular return is vividly etched in my memory. Joel was barely walking and still sleeping in a crib. I believe the trip in question was probably my longest in terms of distance and time away (Buenos Aires for a little over a week). I got home late at night, and Joel was down for the night (I thought). The driver dropped me off and I set down my bags in the front entryway to our home. My wife welcomed me and we were chatting away, trying to be quiet, when I heard the patter of little feet coming from down the hallway and the bedrooms. It was Joel. He had heard my voice and could not wait his turn. He figured out how to climb out of his crib and made a beeline for his dad. Incidentally, Joel got a new bed that weekend.
Another return from a long absence is getting nearer every day. Our Lord’s return! His reward will be with Him. Will we be eager to see Him? Or ashamed at HIs coming, for the things that we did or did not do? For some He will not be coming as Father, but as Judge.
My Advice – Make sure you He is coming to you as a loving Father. Don’t know if or how? See my series on “The Born Again Experience.”
If you already know Him as Savior, just seeing Him will be reward enough. But there will be rewards too, based upon how faithfully we have served Him. See my series “Got Spiritual Milk?” on becoming a faithful disciple.
Finally, are you looking for His return? Joel was listening and ready for me. Do you know the signs of His return? You can check them out in y series, “Studies in Revelation.”
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