For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Before I head out of 1-2 Thessalonians I thought I would share some of my journal jottings. For those who are joining along in this journey of seeking the Lord with pen and paper, I wonder how are you doing? Is He igniting your heart? Are you finding Him faithful? He IS faithful, but are YOU personally finding that true in this season?
I have been pondering, meditating and squeezing out the message of Paul for the Thessalonians and God’s message for me this leg of my journey. If there is ever a message that should simultaneously strike both joy and sobriety into a heart, this is it. You want to cut to the chase about living out your Christianity, friend? It’s right there. A short order but a tall one, no less. Fortunately, we who are sitting on the shoulders of the Savior are loved, cherished and empowered through the same grace that got us into the race to begin with. See, it’s not about you, me or the Boston Red Sox!
When was the last time you looked up? When was the last time you saw the clouds and said, “He’s coming!” Because, He is. This is where you and your fear of flying will part. Because when Jesus returns, we who will meet Him together in the air will have no fear. You think about that when you look at those clouds this week. If you are in Him…you can take comfort in all I share today.
Are you in Christ?
There is no safer place to be.
Do you crave security in troubled times? Well, DUH! We all do. I know no guarantees this side of eternity but this one sure thing:
For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. Romans 14:7-9
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:13- 15
So for today I will leave you with my short (and tall) list from 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Just my working out on paper these words as they make their way to my heart, mind and soul.
Things for my to do list (living by faith):
1. Encourage one another more and more
2. Living to please God more and more
3. Loving each other more and more
4. Wearing Faith and Love as a breastplate
5. Wearing the Hope of Salvation as my helmet.
Of course #4 & #5 made me think of 1 Corinthians 13: 12-13:
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I could cross reference many verses, as many popped into my head as I reflected on the passages, but especially, Ephesians Chapters 4-6.
If you want to see more of my To Do List from 1 Thessalonians, see my meditation on 1 Thessalonians 5 by CLICKING HERE. I decided to break this into two posts as it was getting exceeding long. Sorry about that, but there were a few things a higher authority seemed to be leading me to write in this post that were not initially in my mind.
Part 1: The Only Place to be Found is in Christ (this post!)
Part 2: Checklist for Christians
]Both of these posts are part of the series Journaling Your Journey [with Jesus]