1 John 2:28 (NKJV) And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
All God’s children ought to abide in the Lord Jesus Christ, irrespective of their spiritual maturity. To abide in Christ is to live in fellowship with Him. To abide in Christ means to have communion with Him. We need to abide in Christ, so that we will be ready for His return. For we do not know the day or the hour of His coming. But we know that Christ’s second coming is a certainty. Therefore, we ought to be ready for Christ’s return at all times. So that we will not be ashamed before Christ at His return. As children of God, we ought to live in the certainty of Christ’s imminent return. This will give us confidence when we appear before Christ at His return. Why? Because we are abiding in Christ. We live in accordance to the entire truth of God’s Word. We submit ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, who uses the Word of God within our hearts to make us more like Christ. And we are productive, meaning our faith produces good works. Because we are abiding in Christ, the Holy Spirit can produce fruits in our lives. We all will stand before Christ one day at the Bema Seat, the Mercy Seat, of Christ. And we will give an account of our works. But not for our salvation. Christ has redeemed us with His shed blood on the Cross. Rather for the rewards that Christ brings with Him. My friend, we need to live a life that is abiding in Christ, so that our faith can be seen by our good works. And we will be ready at all times for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.