A crown awaits all those who love His appearing

8 Oct

Wanna hear a secret?  Read this verse.

“Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” – II Tim 4:8

Did you notice that to receive the crown of righteousness, we must love His appearing… yes it’s that simple, just love His appearing.

So what is “loving His appearing”?  And what does His appearing look like?  Gold_and_Red_Crown_with_Diamonds_PNG_Clipart

Most thoughts will gravitate to the classic ‘second coming’ of Christ.  But I believe His appearing can also be defined as the moment we hear His voice, feel His presence in one way or another.  At that very moment, we just encountered Heaven’s heart.  Loving His appearing could be defined as being gripped with love for and fascination of our wonderful Lord, Himself.  Every time Jesus appears, He longs to find hungry hearts who enjoy Him and are deeply in love with Him and who are eagerly expectant for Him to frequently appear.

“When (as often as) Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in (that same) glory.” – Col 3:4

You see, He’s the capital “G”, Giver God.  Every time Jesus appears, He gives us something… righteousness… glory… etc.  For more on receiving His glory, read my post here.

As we love His appearing it moves His heart.  But, the cool thing is that He loved us before we even started loving Him.  And when He finds that we’re growing in love for more frequent ‘appearings’, He gives us a greater revelation that His righteousness is now our righteousness.  That righteousness is our Crown… and that crown is the full experiential (not just legal) reality of being “the righteousness of God in Christ”.  (II Cor 5:21; Rom 3:22)  Yes, our very spiritual ‘DNA’ gets changed.

Ready for your crown… it awaits you… just love His appearing… each time He appears!


4 Responses to “A crown awaits all those who love His appearing”

  1. Larissa Yahnke October 8, 2015 at 12:52 PM #

    I am literally in awe right now, Mark. I was just listening to a song by Lydia Stanley about loving His apppearing a few moment before this post and I was pondering it, and then checked my my email to find this! This was so confirming to what Holy Spirit was saying to me, that it’s not so much about the second coming, as experincing and desiring Him everyday to see Him. and know Him. He is so amazing! WOW, my heart just become more alive to His goodness in this very moment. WOW… Jesus, you are so precious.

    • Mark Hendrickson October 8, 2015 at 4:01 PM #

      Don’t you just love the way Holy Spirit orchestrates life. He’s so good at confirming God’s heart and thoughts to us… until we begin to really believe it. So good! Thanks!

  2. dawnlizjones October 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM #

    Oh Mark! Never read it like this. Thank you. So His “appearing” could also be read His “revelation” or His “communication”? His “rhema”? BTW, you name came up at practice tonight–this was a “Mark Hendrickson way of play the song.” Love it.

    • Mark Hendrickson October 8, 2015 at 11:51 PM #

      Dawn… so many great memories of worship with you, the team and Life Church. And so glad that we’re all still great friends.

      Yes, how many times has He appeared to us… impacted us… and changed us? He brings gifts and empowerments every time. He’s that good!

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