What are they saying about you?
They speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment. 1 Thessalonians 1:10
Wow! Can you imagine if people talked this way about you? Like in my case, I cannot fathom someone saying, “Lynette talks about how she is looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven and how He is the one who has rescued her from the terror of the coming judgment.” Mostly because, that isn’t what I talk about. But why not? This is the most important thing in my life and I am looking forward to it. The day of my LORD’s return.
The people in the Thessalonian church were excited about the LORD returning to get them. They were looking for Jesus to come back every day. They were also so thankful that they had been rescued, so they were telling everyone about it. So much so that the news of their discussions got back to Paul all the way in Athens.
So why don’t we get this fired up about Jesus coming back today? Do we really believe it? Maybe it’s because it has been over 2000 years and we are not so confident that we will live to see that day? Maybe it’s because people on the outside will think we are weird or maybe it’s because we aren’t in love with Him like we once were? What ever the reason, I for one am going to take a step in that direction. Why not talk about what I have been rescued from? It is the best thing I have going in my life. My biggest issue is, I have become too busy trusting and believing God to keep me comfortable in this world that if I start to speak like the Thessalonians did, it could get a little uncomfortable.
Today I want to encourage you to get uncomfortable for Jesus. Stop praying for Him to give you the perfect day, the perfect spouse, the perfect job or the perfect home and neighborhood. Instead start praying that He would give you a refreshing of your love for Him and His return. Think about the eternal separation He rescued you from and ask that you would be emboldened to talk about it no matter who you are around.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10