2 Timothy 4:8 says, "Henceforth there is laid up 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 loved His appearing."
The phrase "loved His appearing" stands out to me this morning. Do I love His appearing? Always? Jesus appeared in the flesh and rocked the world. He spoke His mind -God's mind. He gave His opinion - God's opinion. He made known the heart of God - what was pleasing, what wasn't, what He desired, what didn't matter, etc. Today, I breathe the air of a culture that doesn't necessarily like to hear other's opinions of their choices, especially if they are critical. How do I respond today, when Jesus "appears" amidst my everyday moments through the Holy Spirit bringing to mind God's Word? How do I respond when His "opinion" rocks the current path I'm on (my plans & desires)? How do I respond when His appearing comes in the form of a fellow sinner reminding me of His opinion (scripture)?
Father, this year in 2017, may I grow even more in loving your appearance into my world. May I not resent Your opinion. May I see You as "here to help" and serve, and save, and heal, and grow, and transform me. May I LOVE Your appearing!