Our God and Father
In a great prayer for the church, the apostle Paul prayed these words: "Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you. And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we do for you. May he make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints" (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13; see also Rev 19:14, Rev 17:14)
Paul begins with "OUR GOD." "OUR" is a pronoun of personal possession. "OUR" means "of, belonging to, or associated in some way with" someone. Can you declare with confidence and beyond a shadow of a doubt the phrase "OUR GOD"? Or even better can you say "MY GOD?" (cf, Exodus 15:2, Psalms 18:2,29, Psalms 30:12, Psalms 20:7) Is He your God? Even better are you God's possession? (Titus 2:14, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Peter 2:9) Are you living like it daily, enabled by the power of His Spirit and with the realization that your days on earth are finite and numbered (cf Psalms 90:12) and will soon merge into eternity future where your days will be infinite and numberless? What you are looking for will determine what you living for -- are you living for time or eternity?
Alexander Maclaren described the perspective of the early church writing "The primitive church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death or heaven. They were not looking for a cleft in the ground called "the grave," but for a cleavage in the sky called "glory."
Jesus' return is for real, so may God grant you the desire and power (Philippians 2:13) to live in light of this awesome truth. We will see the King of kings and Lord of Lords. The apostle Peter wrote these words, "Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:13).
May the thought of His return brings joy into your heart and mind and soul and spirit to live for His glory and honor, daily looking expectantly for the "blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of OUR GREAT GOD and Savior, Christ Jesus. (Titus 2:13).
"But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, “You are MY GOD".” (Psalms 31:14).