Several weeks ago, I addressed the need for us to be waiting eagerly and confidently for Christ’s return. I also left you with a question: “What should we be doing as we wait?” Much of the New Testament scripture addresses just that question as these new believers were waiting also.
- In Galatians we are told to be guided by the Spirit and to allow His fruit to be obvious in our lives.
- We are told to carry one another’s burdens.
- Do not grow weary in doing good.
- Do good to all people and do that which promotes their spiritual well-being.
- In Ephesians we are told to use those gifts given to us so that all of God’s people are equipped for works of service until we all reach oneness in the faith.
- We are to become mature believers.
- We are to imitate God as children imitate their father.
- Walk continually in love.
- We are told not to be foolish and thoughtless, but understand firmly and grasp what the will of the Lord is.
- Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, always giving thanks to God for all things.
- Be subject to one another.
- Wives, be subject to your husbands.
- Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church.
- Children, obey your parents.
- Put on the full armor of God so that we will be able to stand our ground in the day of danger.
- In Philippians we are told to have the same mind as Christ.
- Continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
- Actively pursue spiritual maturity.
- Do everything without murmuring or questioning.
- Continue to rejoice and delight in the Lord.
- In Colossians we are told to let the peace of Christ be the controlling factor in our hearts.
- Let the word of Christ have its home within you.
- Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of Jesus.
I want to take us back, though, to something that occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus went there, as was His habit. His disciples followed Him there. He told them (Luke 22:39-46; Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42) to pray continually that they may not fall into temptation. He left them to pray and He withdrew further into the garden to kneel and pray. He struggled, asking for this cup to be removed from Him, yet still submitting to His Father’s will. He was in deep agony and distress. An angel came from heaven to strengthen Him. He returned to find His disciples sleeping. He admonished them and urged them to get up and pray that they may not fall into temptation.
There is much to be done as we wait.