Monday, December 18, 2023
Jesus warned that we cannot know the exact time when He will return but that we should always be ready and expecting His coming in glory.  The Lord's return should not be a distressing surprise to any of us who trust Him as our Savior and Lord. We should "eagerly look forward to his appearing."  Jesus' coming for us in the glory of the Father and the heavenly angels means that we will share in His glory and go to be with Him forever!  Paul's words to Corinthian followers of Jesus in today's verses tell us why we should anticipate the Lord's coming. 
However, our mortal bodies are not suitable for our forever future with Jesus.  So, when the Lord returns, the "wonderful secret" Paul shares "will happen in a moment, in a blink of an eye." Jesus will transform our bodies from mortal to immortal and from perishable to imperishable, both for the living and the dead. 
Our verses for today have at least two incredible implications for our most precious relationships:
Almighty God, Who dwells in glory, thank You for the assurance that my future is bound up with Jesus' glorious future. Holy Spirit, please help me deepen my relationship with Jesus as You continue transforming me to be like Him. Use me to lead others to know Him as Savior and Lord so they can share with Jesus in His glory when He comes. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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