We can leave our house, forget something, turn around and come back and our dog, Sadie, will greet us as if we have been gone for three days. She wags her tail so hard her whole body wiggles. She will roll over to beg for a belly rub. She will paw at you to get even more attention. She even gives a doggy hug wrapping her paws around you. One of the words for worship in the Bible is an image of this kind of love and devotion toward someone.
I kind of feel like my dog, Sadie, when I really think about seeing Jesus either when I go to Him at my death or when He comes back to save us. I eagerly await the rapture, the catching up of believers, so that I can see Him face to face.
There is much trouble now and it seems to be increasing. There are many reminders of what eternity without Jesus would be like...evil, no love, no rescue from trouble or torment, hatred, godlessness, horrible friendlessness... It makes me want to be very sure of my salvation. My sins take me away from the love of God forever, but Jesus paid the price for my sins so I can live forever with Him.
Jesus, who loves us has a place prepared for those of us who love Him and eagerly wait for his return...
“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28 ESV