From John’s Desk – 1/8/2014

From John’s Desk – 1/8/2014

Posted by Scott Chitwood, Category: Announcements, Church News, From John's Desk,

At around 8:00 PM this past Monday night the smoke alarms in our house starting screaming, or screeching. To be honest, I’m not sure how to describe the noise when every single alarm in the whole house goes off but, suffice to say, it was LOUD!

Several thoughts immediately went through my mind:

– Is the house on fire?
– What should I try and save if it is?
– How do we turn these alarms off?

After several minutes we determined that there was no fire. We also discovered that we didn’t know how to turn the alarms off. Further, we decided that if we didn’t figure out how to turn off the alarms we would go stark raving mad very, very soon. All in all, they were on for almost an hour!

Fortunately David Sutton is a retired fire fighter and he came over and was able to get the alarms shut off. This of course is just one more reason of how wonderful it is to be in the family of God: there are always brethren who can help you out with situations in life!

I had another thought the next morning about this episode. As loud and piercing as those alarms were, and as much anxiety that they caused me, just imagine what it will be like on the great day of the Lord!

For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God… (1 Thessalonians 4:16). Now Revelation 1:7 says that every single eye in the entire world will see Jesus in the clouds, and I fully believe that they will. I also think that every single ear will hear the loud command, the voice of archangel and the trumpet call of God. Further, I think that those sounds will be even louder than my smoke alarms! As the great old hymn says, “What a day, glorious day, that will be!”

The anxiety I felt Monday night as those alarms endlessly screeched was just a hint of what it will be like on the great day of the Lord. Imagine seeing Jesus in the clouds and hearing those great sounds! It will be somewhat unnerving for even the most faithful among us.

Yet, further imagine how it will be to see and hear all of this and realize that you aren’t sure if you have done what God says to do to be saved? To have doubts about your salvation at that moment would be a terrible, terrible feeling.

The good news is, however, that it doesn’t have to be that way. The Apostle John wrote that we may know that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13). We will know that when we obey the gospel: when confess that we believe Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Romans 10:9), when we repent of our sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30) and are baptized in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5).

Further, the Bible says that if we live faithfully to the point of death we will receive the crown of life (Revelation 2:10). In fact, if we obey the gospel and live faithfully, John gives us another promise about that day: And now, dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming (1 John 2:28).

That great day is most assuredly coming and I plead with you to be prepared for it. More than that, make sure that those you love and care about are prepared as well. That’s what our “The Power of One – Each One Reach One” campaign is all about.

Christians will have no reason to be anxious on the day of the Lord. Make sure that you share that message with everyone in your life, but especially with family members, friends and neighbors – everyone who you love and care for – that, like you, they may face that day unashamed and with confidence!