Have you ever been ‘stood up’? Ever arranged to meet someone special, crossed land and schedules to get there, and they’re not there? The heart sinks when you realize they are not just late, but not coming. You thought this meeting meant something to them, that it did not. You thought you meant something to them, that you now realize, you might not…
Jesus said he would be coming back again to meet us in a very particular place. He will be there. Will we be there to meet him? Jesus tells us exactly where he will come to find us...
The ‘meeting place’ is not a physical, geographical place; it is a ‘place’ of the heart, of the soul. It is where the heart is full of faith in Jesus Christ, and where we have not ‘taken offense on account of him.’ (Mt 11:6) What is meant by ‘taking offense’ on account of Christ? Well, it is where we have become disappointed, doubting, discouraged, and walked away from the meeting place. To ‘take offense’ is ultimately to lose faith - to lose faith that Jesus is with you, that he loves you, that he is the Son of God and that he is coming for you. Because we lose faith, we wander from the ‘meeting place’, and when he comes for us, well, we’re not there. Jesus speaks of this time and time again, and calls us to hold tight, hold fast, and be found standing in faith! (Luke 18:8; Mt 25:1-13)
‘... put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.’ (Ephesians 6:13)
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Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)