Youth Messenger Online Edition

October-December

If Christ Should Come Today?
Editorial
If Christ Should Come Today?

If you knew that Christ was coming in a few years, how would you live? You probably would say, “I would live very differently. I would pray often each day. I’d study my Bible daily and tell all my friends that Jesus’ coming is around the corner. I would urge them to get ready and go to church. I would spend more time helping others and less time pleasing myself.”

The good news is that we can be ready to meet Jesus every day if we follow His counsel, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).

Here are some simple steps how we can watch and be ready for Christ’s coming each day.

Prepare One Day at a Time:

“Today we must be faithful to our trust.

“Today we must love God with all the heart and our neighbor as ourselves.

“Today we must RESIST the temptations of the enemy, and through the grace of Christ GAIN the victory.

“Each day we should live as if we knew that this would be our last day on this earth.

“If we knew that Christ would come tomorrow, would we not crowd into today all the kind words, all the unselfish deeds, that we could?

“We should be patient and gentle, and intensely in earnest, doing all in our power to win souls to Christ.”—In Heavenly Places, p. 355. [Emphasis added.]

In this issue of the Youth Messenger, you will discover practical ways to prepare for Christ’s return. You will learn about the true manner of His coming vs. the counterfeit. During this holiday season, you will know without a doubt, “Who’s coming to town,” and you’ll be able to share it with others. You’ll be encouraged to read how a fifth grader met God. If you’re college student, you’ll discover how to pass a professional exam. Maranatha!

—Liliane Balbach