I spent the first half of the day on Christmas Eve in the scriptures reading through Paul’s letters. And although they are full with theology, history, doctrine and instruction, there is something common to them that struck me more deeply than anything else: Paul seemed to live in light of what was to come—the return of Jesus in glory and power. It seems he was simply immersed in this reality, and it saturates his letters. At some point in the letters I read, whether introduction, midpoint or close, he made sure that the recipients were aware that all he was doing, enduring, and writing about was cast in the context of the return of Jesus. This is simply powerful!
To Timothy he says:
[K]eep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim. 6:14-15).
To Titus he says that we are
waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).
These are just two examples of Paul’s perspective, a perspective he longed for the fledgling church, and for us, to have…we are to live our lives in constant hope and expectation of the coming of the Lord! This is the joy that binds us as children of God. So go today and live in expectation of the return of the King.