After being persuaded by the Scripture that Jesus will come again, a question that often bothers my mind is , Are we the generation that could finish the work? Are we the generation in whom Christ will come again? Are we the one who will fulfill the proclamation of the three angels’ messages unto all the world?
Well, you would probably tell me that the day of Jesus Second Coming is unknown to all except the Father.But the fact that there is an appointed day in which God will judge the world, we have no place for us to slumber because even 1% probability that God will come tomorrow is fatal for us to deny. The Scripture is warning us that the Laodecian church,the last of the seven churches, is at stake in the problem of heart condition.We are living as if that the earth will not be destroyed tomorrow with fire.We are really laodecians,neither hot or cold.Our lukewarmness makes us with no difference with the world.Having a profession of faith but our life is a manifestation of unbelief.And in the words of Jesus in the parable of the ten virgins, Christ is striking us with a provocative statement that though these two groups represent two kinds of Christians in the last days, the slumber of the 10 virgins gives us a hint that when Christ come the church is found sleeping.What a statement that needs a thorough attention for every believer! To know such condition is an alarm for us.We are in deep slumber and that we should need to be awake!
There is another and more important question that should engage the attention of the churches of today. The apostle Paul declares that “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” [2 Timothy 3:12.] Why is it, then, that persecution seems in a great degree to slumber?—The only reason is, that the church has conformed to the world’s standard, and therefore awakens no opposition. The religion which is current in our day is not of the pure and holy character that marked the Christian faith in the days of Christ and his apostles. It is only because of the spirit of compromise with sin, because the great truths of the Word of God are so indifferently regarded, because there is so little vital godliness in the church, that Christianity is apparently so popular with the world. Let there be a revival of the faith and power of the early church, and the spirit of persecution will be revived, and the fires of persecution will be rekindled.
Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth, there will be, among the people of the Lord, such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times.A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer.We are in continual danger of getting above the simplicity of the gospel. There is an intense desire on the part of many to startle the world with something original, that shall lift the people into a state of spiritual ecstasy, and change the present order of experience. There is certainly great need of a change in the present order of experience; for the sacredness of present truth is not realized as it should be, but the change we need is a change of heart, and can only be obtained by seeking God individually for His blessing, by pleading with Him for His power, by fervently praying that His grace may come upon us, and that our characters may be transformed. This is the change we need today, and for the attainment of this experience we should exercise persevering energy and manifest heartfelt earnestness. We should ask with true sincerity, “What shall I do to be saved?” We should know just what steps we are taking heavenward.
No, we don’t want entertainment, we want the Word of God. No, we don’t want smooth words, we want the Truth. No, we don’t want to be more like Jesus, we want to be just like Him . No, we don’t want Jesus to come sometime, we want Him to come in our generation. Or we will die trying.