Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (NIV)
Read: 1 Thessalonians 5
Consider: Paul reminds the Thessalonian Christians that they need to be living as if Christ’s return is imminent. Of course we know that almost 2,000 years later Christ still hasn’t returned. The temptation for us today is that while the world is saying ‘Peace and safety’, the church is not just saying it, but believing it too.
It is easy to become comfortable and not to realise that Christ’s return is now 2,000 years closer for us than it was for the Thessalonians.
The verses from 1 Thessalonians 5 should resound like an alarm bell, ringing out the warning. There is no time to be complacent. As Christians we have a responsibility to share the gospel with those around us. Surely our hearts should be moved to warn those who are lost.
Worldwide we see an increase in church denominations that have lost their way, denying the authority of Scripture and going with the flow in society. The warning is clear – ‘… the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night’.
Pray: Father, forgive us when we become complacent, not living as if we expect Christ’s return to be imminent. Shake us up and help us to share the truth of the gospel with those around us. Amen