When was the last time we stopped and considered how great the love of God is? The Father sent His only Son to die for us to reconcile us to Himself because He loves us all. (John 3:16-18) Think about it; God is the one that wanted to fix our broken relationship. He made the first move. (Genesis 3:15) The Apostle John makes it clear when he writes, “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

It overloads my mental capacities every time I consider Jesus’ love towards me. It also drives me to my knees in humble surrender, worship, and adoration of the most holy and gracious God. I am in awe of Jesus and His death on the cross of Calvary. I wonder about His great sacrificial love and determination to die for all my sins over and over. (2 Corinthians 5:21) I revere His power and glory and look ahead to His imminent return. His coming is why I worship Him with a deep desire and passion.

One day in the not-so-distant future, I shall stand face to face with my God, and He shall hold me in His everlasting arms. I will weep with joy unmeasured, as I cast off the things of this world for the full realization of heaven and the gentle whisper of my Savior’s voice, “Well, done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21) From that glorious moment on I shall thus and always be with Him forever more.

I pray we all live in this hope, for it will change how we act in this life. Paul says, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore, we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:8–9)

You and I, who believe in Jesus and the hope in the return of our King have a responsibility to live as loyal citizens of His kingdom in the here and now. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20)