I still remember the first time I heard the phrase “slow as the second coming.” I was fourteen at the time. The man who said it, did not claim to be a believer; when he said it, he feared that he had offended me, and he quickly apologized. I wasn’t so much offended as I was surprised that someone outside the faith knew about the Second Coming!
The world around us is familiar with the idea that Jesus is coming again. It doesn’t affect daily life for them, or give hope for the future – they may see it as an “escapist oddity.”
But when the hope of Jesus’ coming grips our hearts and imaginations, it can motivate us to serve, help us overcome temptation, and perhaps most importantly – the hope of Jesus’ coming can help us patiently endure. Not a “gritting my teeth and trying to hang on” kind of enduring, but the confident assurance that what we do, and what we become, will be worth whatever we go through. Like the old Gospel song says, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus…”