This past week I spent some time of reflection in Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. I was struck by part of the last chapter in the letter. It is worthy of sharing this brief passage. Many who read this are in nations and places in the world where to identify as a follower of Jesus could lead to open hostility, subtle persecution, or even martyrdom. As you read it, think about, not only your own situation but also the situation of some you might know elsewhere.
“Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
Here are a few questions to aide your reflection:
- What warnings are given in this passage?
- What hope is given?
- What is the future of those who are in Christ?
- How does this passage make you feel?
Take a few minutes to share your thoughts with Jesus.
Maranatha (Come Lord!)