Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” I Thessalonians 5:6
When a dangerous dangerous blizzard hit Colorado Springs in late October 2006, residents had plenty of warning. Weather forecasters began predicting the storm 36 hours before it arrived. On a warm, sunny afternoon people swarmed into grocery stores to buy supplies, while tire shops worked overtime to meet demand for winter treads. Everyone was talking about the coming storm. Even before the snow began, schools and businesses announced they would be closed for the day. When the storm hit with blowing snow and freezing temperatures, most people were safe at home, not trying to get to work or school.
When we believe, a warning, it affects our behavior. It’s true in every are of life, including our walk of faith. Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica, reminding them that the day of the Lord would come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night (I Thess. 5:2). His call to action urged them to avoid spiritual lethargy while remaining alert and self-controlled (v.6).
Paul’s challenged echoed Jesus’ own words arguing His followers to be watchful and ready, “for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you don not expect” (Matt. 24:44).
If we believe our Lord’s word about His coming, how will it affect our thoughts and actions today? — David McCasland
What would He find, should He come just now:
A faded leaf, or a fruitless bough:
A servant sleeping, an idle plow?
What would He find should He come just now? — Anon
Every Christian should be an expectant uplooker, not a sleepy onlooker!