Easter, Gospel, Musings

He is Risen! He is Returning!

Do I live like Christ died yesterday, arose this morning and is coming back tomorrow?

Do I feel the pain of His death on my behalf?
Do I rejoice at the reality of His resurrection vindicating His sacrifice, assuring me of life?
Do I anticipate seeing Him face to face with uncontainable excitement?

Do I live today in a way that if Jesus Christ returns today my attitude, actions, activities and affections would all honor Him?

Do those who encounter me receive the grace that I have received?
Do those who know me best receive both mercy and grace in the abundance I have received?

Do my daily interactions reveal a certain anticipation of resurrection or do I get distracted by the mundane?
Do I do all things, mandatory, mundane or meaningful, as practice of living for eternity glorifying Him?
Do I live with an intentional urgency that today may be THE day He returns?

Do I infect those in my sphere of influence with hope?
Do I inspire others toward certain hope?

May I not have a critical self-centered small perspective
May my thoughts be higher than conflicts around me

May I live by faith that saved and sustains
May my faith have eyes to daily see the truth of resurrection and return

May the gospel be true to me each day, He is my all, I had to surrender self-effort and I must continue to surrender self-sufficiency because I need His saving grace, empowering grace, sustaining grace, hope giving grace

His resurrection gives hope
His resurrection empowers living
His resurrection mandates declaration

I do believe, the best news, He is Risen and He is Returning!
Bless the Lord God for the Cross-work of Jesus Christ and for certain anticipation, for hope.

He is Risen and He is Returning!
Hallelujah! Maranatha!
Praise the LORD! O Lord, come!

Stephen C. Kilgore March 2015

 

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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