"And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we'll be ready for him when he appears, ready to receive him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when he arrives." 1 John 2:28
Live deeply in Christ. Live well within Christ. Live to a profound degree in Christ. The substitutes that followed deeply.. are definitions of the word. Other synonyms are greatly, thoroughly, intensely and acutely. Take time to replace 'deeply' each synonymous word.
Live deeply in Christ. Live INTENSELY in Christ. THEN we'll be ready for him when he appears, READY TO RECIEVE.
A few things I love about this (both very basic) is first..when we are living GREATLY and INTENSELY IN CHRIST...are we made qualified to RECIEVE.
Second, I love lovies LOVE LOVE...Where it says THEN WE'LL be ready for him when he appears.
I'm not an english enthusiast. As much as I love to write - I really had to work hard for my A in English. However, I do know WE'LL is a conjuction of WE and WILL. WE...US...MORE than ONE. WE...a BODY. WE...a community.
Because I TRULY believe our faith IS NOT ABOUT US...but also others.
When we live intensely in Christ. We overflow. We sharpen those around us. We make Christ alive to others.
When we live DEEPLY IN CHRIST...THEN WE MAKE OTHERS READY. READY TO RECIEVE...IN A POSITION TO RECIEVE WITHOUT ANY EXCUSE.
So when you are ready to give up. Remember God will - if you let Him - use you to convict others to do business with their maker and be sharpened. We must endure! When we don't, when we chose not to spend even just a few minutes in His Presence, when we choose not to fast and pray, when we place priority on the things we do rather than emphasizing Jesus, we can lose the edge...to be prophetic, to be a relevant hope to those around us...believers or not.
It is not about you - it is about Jesus. And Jesus died for everyone...not just you. Get busy..Get intense...living in Christ.