As I sit here writing this post I’m looking forward to church today where the pastor, my husband, will begin a new study on the book of Revelation. I love to study this book — the one that reveals Jesus Christ– because it always helps me keep things in perspective.
We can get so caught up in our daily lives that we don’t take the time to think about the return of Jesus. He is coming back. As a bridegroom comes and gets his bride, so will Jesus come back for us–His Bride, the church.
So may I make a request, or maybe a suggestion? As you plan your goals for 2019, would you consider adding two things?
Persue and Persist
Make time to persue Jesus by reading the Bible as well as books that help you understand more about Him. Right now I’m studying a book entitled “Seeing Christ in the Tabernacle” in which the author shows how Jesus Christ is foreshadowed in every piece of the Tabernacle from the Old Testament.
John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him . . .” Understanding that Jesus has always been and was in the beginning with God the Father, what a blessing it is to study how Jesus’ coming was foreshadowed in the Old Testament before His birth in the New Testament.
Another way to persue Jesus is by spending time with Him in prayer. Write your prayers down, pray scripture, mediate on scripture, and don’t forget to spend time listening for His voice to speak to your heart. As a bridegroom woos his future bride, so does Jesus woo us, His bride.
Having just spoken at a conference this past month in Charleston, SC where the theme was “Persist” I still have this on my mind and my heart. Having taught, and heard other speakers as well, one in which was Karen Abercrombie who played Miss Clara in the movie “War Room,” I came away with a realization that it’s so easy to give up on our dreams, our hopes, on people, on our situations and even God when things get hard.
What we need to do is persist.
From Paul we read, “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God,” (Acts 20:24 ESV).
And James writes: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness (perseverance)” (James 1:2-3, ESV).
Because Jesus was persistent. He was persistent to the cross:
- He came to die
- He loved us before we loved Him
- He never waivered, never for a minute was He NOT going to the cross for us, in our place
- He was under great opposition and at times had to be discouraged, but He never gave up
Yes, Jesus is our example.
So pull out those goals for 2019, they haven’t had time to get pushed back in a drawer or collect enough dust to blend into your surroundings yet, and think about adding two new words to your goals — Persue and Persist — as you seek Jesus, your bridegroom who is coming back for you and for me.
Now to get ready for that teaching on Revelation today . . . can’t wait to learn more about my Savior!
If you are in the Greenville, SC area and would like information on the Revelation Bible Study that is being taught January – April, email me at email@example.com I will be glad to tell you more about it and where it is being held.
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Scripture from the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible