How would you answer the question, “what are you looking forward to in life?”
It seems likely that the younger you are, the bigger the list!
If you’re at school, then it may be that you’re looking forward to finding a job, getting married, travelling to faraway places, buying a home, parenting children, or maybe even more.
If you’re in middle age or a bit older then perhaps you’re looking forward to enjoying an ’empty nest’ or the opportunities of retirement and beyond.
If you’re older still, then maybe the list of things you’re looking forward to is much shorter.
Yet regardless of your age, the number one thing that followers of Christ must look forward to is his return.
Someone once said, “Live like Christ was born yesterday, died today, and is returning tomorrow.”
If you knew Jesus was coming back in a few hours’ time, then how would it change the way you lived your life in these final moments? How would it change your priorities?
The Bible teaches us that Jesus will return like a thief in the night… at a time when we least expect it to happen.
In the Bible, God gives us some tantilising tidbits about what it will be like when Jesus returns, but ultimately the most important thing we can do is be ready for that day.
And the way to be ready is to be turn away from a life rebelling against God, and to turn to Jesus as loving leader of your life.
And as we wait, we should warn people about the dangers of dying without knowing Jesus.
For when it comes to Jesus’ return, it’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of ‘when’.
And this is certainly something to look forward to.