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If there is one aspect of the Lord’s Return that seeks my attention, it is the aspect of readiness. To be honest with you, I am aware that there are times and seasons in my life when  I realise that, should the Lord come during just such a time, I would be caught short;  not ready.

What about you?

Consider the implications of this verse : 1 John 2:28 (NLT)

 “And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame”.

Question: If I am not remaining in fellowship Christ at His Return, will I still be saved?

Answer:  I believe the answer is   ‘Yes’. But the sense of shame will be so overpowering to the point where we will try to shrink back and away from His presence.

I suggest to you that ‘shame’ is not to be confused with ‘guilt’. Judas Iscariot knew about guilt. He acknowledged his betrayal of Jesus and tried to reverse the impact of his actions. The Apostle Peter knew about shame. He couldn’t believe that he was capable of denying his Lord. Shame has the power to cripple and paralyse us.

The way we live our lives now, by continuing to remain in fellowship with Christ, makes it possible for us to be full of courage. The word for ‘courage’ can also be translated ‘confidence’ and “boldness”.

The alternative of courage, confidence and boldness, is shame. And that sense of shame makes us shrink back from the Lord who will have come to take us to His home in heaven.

 

 

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