Live Expectantly

As a child, I would wait expectantly at the window for my grandmother to arrive. Helping to prepare the home and a seat for her was the most important job that could be bestowed upon me. Barely containing my excitement, I longed to see her long white car coming down the road.  Though her skin was aged, leathery, and tan from winters in Florida, I found it soft and cuddly. There was comfort in her kisses and safety in her hugs, which were my rewards. To my child’s mind, she loved unconditionally and could not be disappointed by me. I could not wait to return the love she gave me.

Do we live expectantly at the window for Jesus? Shifting our feet and bouncing up and down impatiently, is there an uncontainable urge to share with Him our gratitude and a longing to fling ourselves into His embrace? We can prepare for His arrival with eagerness, excitement, and expectation as well.

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give it to each person according to what they have done” (Rev. 22:12). God desires that we live with an amazing expectation for the return of Jesus—not to work feverishly with fearful desperation but with a joyful posture of preparing for the Guest of Honor.

Like a child who looks to show their unfettered gratefulness and love, we will be honored to lay our crowns of reward before the King and hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Crowns of righteousness, glory, rejoicing, the imperishable crown, and the crown of life will be given before the judgement seat of Christ. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10).

Let us rekindle the unabandoned desire to return our rewards to Him, living eagerly and expectantly for His return. Having been given the most important job of preparing for His arrival, we can live as if “waiting at the window.”

Ask, pray, and praise. Father, show me today where I can be the hands and feet of Jesus. Lord, fill me with Your presence, I desire to seek You in all that I do today. Lord Jesus, I long for Your return. I await Your glory. Amen,

Amy Cox

Amy is the Alliance women’s director for the Great Lakes District of the C&MA. She lives on-site where she serves in inner-city ministry as the connections director at That Neighborhood Church in Toledo, Ohio. She is a mother to two wonderful sons and three rambunctious dogs who go by Dixie, Timmy, and Coco. In her spare time, she enjoys Argentinian tango classes.

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