Today’s Readings: 1 Thessalonians 3 and 4
Its difficult to think about death and when our end is to come. I would honestly say, I take my life for granite most days. Selfishly, I have three children under the age of eight and would love to see them grow up to be both wonderful men and women of God. I just celebrated our 10 year anniversary and would love to have at least 50 more. But, I realize that I’m not the one who will decide that. God will! I recently attended a funeral for my late Uncle Rob Voltz, which was a reminder of the brevity of our lives. I haven’t attended very many funerals, they are hard to attend. Since putting my faith in God, I tend to reflect and wonder about any opportunities I could of had to share how much I cared for them and the promises God had made for those who believe. I remind myself of Psalm 90:12 which says Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Even now as the rest of my family is in bed, I think about the lost opportunities today to share Christ in actions, words, and love.
Uncle Robs card showed him hitting a golf ball into a beautiful sunset. It said,
“Lord, when my last putt has dropped into the cup and the light of my last day has faded, may I be able to turn in to You, a scorecard to show I did my Best.
This quote reminds me of one of my favorite verses written by Paul in 2 Timothy 7 where he knew his life was coming to an end as he sat in prison. He said, ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”
How will you finish the race? How will you turn in the scorecard showing your best?
1 Thessalonians 3 and 4 share wisdom from Paul earlier in his ministry that tells the Thessalonians and us as believers how we should prepare for His coming. And, even though we don’t know the precise moment when Jesus will return we know that our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11.
A few reminders from Paul in preparation for this day are;
- Keep the faith – that we will face trials in this life still our endurance comes from our hope in the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 That we pray for any area that is lacking faith. verse 3:10 Read more in 1 Peter 4:12-19
- Live in order to please God – God’s will sanctified – verse 4:1-3.
- Live in a way that controls your own body and is Holy and Honorable. verse 4:4-7. Read more in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.
- Lead a quiet life – not stirring up conflict, living peacefully in the midst of trials.
- Be sanctified by God. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 Let the Holy Spirit lead your life. Allow him to change you from the inside out.
Dear Awesome Father, We love you. May our lives reflect the truth even in the face of difficulties. That in our day to day interactions with our family, friends, and strangers we model a fearless faith-filled attitude that pours out love to theirs. That in our moments where we are lacking in faith you lift us up. Lord, as we wait and prepare for your coming gives us courage to share with others your promises and how you have changed our lives; and as you call us one by one God, we can be sanctified awaiting to be in your presence. Amen