Today’s Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5
As an elementary school student, I rode the bus to and from school. Some days I was up on time, eating a wonderful breakfast my loving mom had prepared, out the door with my things, and at the bus stop in plenty of time to catch the bus. Some days I had to sprint out the door and through the backyard to the next stop. I knew the bus was coming. I believed the bus would come. This is why I prepared to get on the bus each school day.
On Sundays, I woke in plenty of time to get myself ready and into the car before my dad could call out, “The bus is leaving!” which was a great warning to be IN the car and not left behind. I knew we were going to church. I believed the car (my dad) would leave me behind if I was not in it!
Paul uses Chapter 5 to help us “be on the bus” when the Day of the Lord comes. We know Jesus will return and we are to be diligently watchful. We are not to slumber and be lazy as the world is. Paul is reminding the church in Thessalonica that Jesus will come unannounced, and many will be unprepared. We should be ready: “Having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of the hope of salvation.”
Just as a child waits expectantly for a promised surprise, we too are to be looking for Jesus’s return with faith, hope, and love.
The remainder of the letter is an urging to respect Christians who are correcting these newer believers. God is calling on the church to revere one another in the work he has for them. Paul sums up the whole letter with his most basic instructions: “See that no one repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing, giving thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”
As we wait for his coming, may we be found blameless, prepared, and waiting as a child waits: hopefully, joyfully, and expectantly.
How can you get ready for the coming of the Lord? Who can you encourage to be prepared while waiting for the Lord? What one step will you take to be ready?
Join a small group to encourage one another in the Word. Attend GrowthTrack to find out how you can get plugged in and serve. GrowthTrack will also help you discover your gifts. Do a word study on the rapture, faith, hope, or salvation.
Thank you, Lord, for the great promise that you are coming to get us and take us to heaven with you! Your Word may not tell us exactly when,. but your promise tells us you will return. Thank you for giving us the hope of eternity with you and one another. We need help staying diligent and alert. Give us the desire to do your will and not be like the world. Help us to meet with you daily, to be encouraged, and to share your hope and salvation with those in our path. Thank you. Amen.
This post was written by Julie Roehl, a regular contributor and editor of the LivingItOut.
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