Change is Coming

Change is inevitable.

Think back to your first day of school. Can you remember the excitement? The nerves? Look how many changes have taken place in your life since that day.

Perhaps you’ve changed jobs recently or even your address. A new house can be filled with wonderful new possibilities. A fresh start.

Maybe a relationship has ended – one that was near to your heart. Or perhaps you had to let go of someone who recently passed away. That kind of change can be heart-wrenching.

But there is one change that is certainly coming. It’s on the horizon. It won’t linger much longer. It will be more lasting than changing jobs or relationships.

One day, dear soul, change is coming to your body. Not the wrinkles or the gray hair or even the weight gain that sometimes comes with age.

Your body is going to change in the blink of an eye when Jesus Christ returns, and you’re going to be lifted up to meet Him in the clouds. You’ll be with Him forever and away from the chaos, violence, and wickedness of this world.

If.

Such a powerful little word.

If you are ready. If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior before the trumpet sounds. There are no shortcuts. There is no substitute. No other path will lead you to Heaven. No other ticket will grant you access.

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9. NIV.)

You will be lifted up when Jesus returns. Rescued. Taken away and spared more turmoil and mayhem than this world has ever known.

Will you be ready when the trumpet sounds? Are you ready right now?

Any day now. Any moment, precious soul.

No one knows the day or the hour, only the Father. But the day IS coming.

Please be ready. Change is coming.♥️

“But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die – but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes – it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal.”

(1Corinthians 15:51-54 MSG.)

When I’m Gone

suitcases

There will come a day when I’ll no longer be here.   I’ll no longer sit at this laptop typing words about how much God loves you or to encourage you to have faith in Jesus. I’ll no longer bake gluten-free cookies in the kitchen or rush out the door to the store.  I’ll no longer hold up the line talking to the cashier because he’s discouraged, reading his name tag and praying for him the moment I walk away.

I won’t need to pack anything for this trip because I can’t take a single thing with me; my suitcases will sit abandoned, gathering dust.

I will be gone.

All of my things will still be here; books on the shelves and in stacks all around the house, coffee cups in the cupboard and a few in the sink, a drawer crammed with thick fuzzy socks, and probably some chocolate stashed somewhere.

You can have those things if you want them. I won’t need them anymore.

But I’m hoping you won’t need them either. I’m praying you’ll be with me, that you’ll be gone too.

But if you’re still here, if you haven’t been caught up in the air with those of us who have believed in Jesus Christ, if you haven’t been watching how quickly things are unfolding in the world and haven’t been getting ready and now you’re surrounded by questions and fear and shock at the number of those who are suddenly gone, I’ll leave you the most valuable thing I own: my Bible.

You see, I won’t need it anymore. I’ll be at home with the Author.

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”  (Romans 10:9-10 NIV.)

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NIV.)