The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

05/30/2008

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Expecting Company


"Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).

Have you ever had the, "We're having company over we have to clean the house blues?" We love having company and enjoy putting together an outdoor cookout when the weather gets warmer. But you know the deal. You have to "primp" a little...The house has to be vacuumed, swept and dusted. The lawn has to be cut and the grill put in order. Hours are spent in preparation.

Paul wrote about the hope that we have as believers. He called it a "blessed hope."Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus" (Tit. 2:13). Jesus "prepared" for us to be in His Home by living the perfect life and dying for us. We live today, as those in Biblical times did, in expectation of Jesus' promised return. We do not know the day or hour, but we look for it with anticipation.

His return is the greatest hope in the heart of a believer, and should have an effect on the way we live. We are expecting "company," and have to be ready. Everything must be set in order. The parts of our lives that need to be "cleaned" are the inner parts. There may be some things in them that are not in the proper order. John wrote this for us; "And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 Jn. 3:3).

Hope is that in which we place our confidence. We know that Jesus is our hope in the future, but what about now? Those in the world that are without hope are those that are without God. Our Lord Jesus Christ is our hope yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the one in whom we have placed our confidence.

Though we may have some struggles in this life, our confidence in Him is always justified. Though life may deal us some defeats, in Christ is the victory. He is in control of our lives, and if we live in Him, we can have peace.

Our great hope for the future is Christ's return. He IS COMING BACK!

Get your homes cleaned up...

Have a great day...Make a difference...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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