Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Be ready. (verses 1-7 )
When it comes to the return of Jesus, it’s not “if,” but “when.” We don’t know when He is coming, so, just as Paul told the Thessalonians, we had best be ready for His return.
As a follower of Jesus, the return of the Lord should be exciting and motivating. He’s coming back for me and for you to be with Him forever. Therefore, I should delight in serving Him today as if today may be the day He returns.
For those who are not in a relationship with Jesus, this passage is a huge exhortation and warning to be ready for His return. Please do not live with an “I’ll get it right with God later” attitude. Get it right now.
Believer and non-believer, if He returned today, would you be ready?
How to get ready (verses 8-10)
If we want to be ready for Christ’s return, we ought to follow Paul’s instructions here in verses 8-10 for how to be ready. For followers of Jesus, be sober (self-controlled: fruit of the Spirit), put on the breastplate of faith and love, and wear the helmet of salvation.
Another way to put this is to say that we should walk Spirit-filled and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit. When we are Spirit-controlled, we can trust that we will be more than ready for His return.
Now, for the non-Christian, please note what verse 9 says is true about Christians. It says that followers of Jesus are not destined for wrath. In other words, Christians have been rescued through the Lord Jesus Christ. Non-believers ARE destined for wrath. So, how can a non-believer get ready for Christ’s return? The answer is simple: receive forgiveness of sin form Jesus, surrender to Him as Lord, and be rescued.
What do you need to do to get ready for Christ’s return?
How to stay ready (verses 11))
In verse 11, Paul gave some instructions for Christians about how to stay ready for Christ’s return. In other words, he told the Thessalonians how to keep walking with Jesus and helping others to do the same. We’re to keep on encouraging and comforting others and building each other up.
Reading this reminded me of the importance of being connected to a local body of believers. Even more important is the necessity of being involved in a smaller group of believers where I can process life, be encouraged, and grow with others.
Make it a priority to get in one of our summer bible studies that will be offered beginning in late June at any of our CPC campuses. I’m sure it’ll help you to stay ready for Christ’s return.
Posted: Rich Duffield