We want to be ready when Jesus returns, but how are we to prepare? Here is the answer: be with Jesus every day. If we are conscious of living in the Lord’s presence day by day, then we are abiding in Him. If our words and daily walk are pleasing to Him, then we will not be ashamed when he returns, and His coming will be the return of a friend.
Abiding in Jesus, the Apostle John gently reminds us, is demonstrated by the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit producing a changed life. As we live with Jesus, there is unmistakable proof of our being with a righteous and loving Savior. The profession of our faith in Christ is proved by our pursuit of righteousness. It is in this pursuit that we have confidence in the day of His coming and know there is no shame for those who “abide in Him.”