A couple days ago I posted on my thoughts about waiting for Jesus’ return. If you missed that post you can check it out here.
What should we be doing while we are waiting for Jesus’ return?
OK, let’s pull out our Bibles and take a closer look at 1 Thessalonians 5. Go ahead, get your Bible, I will wait…
I am going to head down the chapter and start expounding at verse 6. Take a minute and read the first 6 verses. Verse 6 tells us that as Christians we should be alert and self-controlled. Heading down to verse 8, it once again states we are to be self-controlled. We should also have faith, love and hope. Jesus died so that we may live together with him. (v. 10) Verse 11 tells us that we are to encourage one another and build each other up. My hope is that this blog will help you be encouraged and that you will be able to encourage others in comments that you may make. The world spends so much time tearing us down, we should make special effort to build others up. Make a conscious effort to build up our children, spouses, friends, family etc. It doesn’t happen as much as it should, unless we make a special effort to do so.
We are to respect and place in high honor those who teach us in the Lord. (v 12-13) What kinds of things do we do to show those that they are in high honor and that we respect them? I know we could do more to show our pastor that type of respect. Sending a note of thanks, making them a meal or bringing cookies for their family on Sunday are small tokens of appreciation. Praying for your pastor is also very important!
The end of verse 13 sneaks in another thing we should be doing as we wait for his return. “Live in peace with each other.” We all know what that means, but as soon as we have conflict it is easy to add to the end of the statement “except in such and such case”. Please remember, God didn’t write this verse with a fill in the blank ending.
We are to warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak and be patient with everyone. (v 14) Wow, that is quite the list. “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong and try to be kind to everyone” sums up verse 15. Paul is about halfway through the chapter and the verses shorten up with a long to do list:
- Be joyful always
- Pray continually
- Give thanks always
- Don’t put out the Spirit’s fire
- Don’t mock prophesies
- Test everything
- Hold onto good
- Avoid every kind of evil
He finishes off the chapter by stating that God himself will sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I think we have plenty to do as we wait for Jesus’ return.