I Thessalonians 5:4-11

The last verse of our reading calls us to build each other up in the faith.  How do we that in each other’s lives?  Paul wants us to remind each other that we are not destined for wrath, but for reward!  When we are in Jesus, we look forward to judgment day as a day in which we will receive our great inheritance. God does not want us to dread the future, but to look forward to it with great anticipation.

Paul also points out that people who are not saved live in darkness.  This darkness is certainly a darkness made up of evil, and he mentions drunkenness as one example.  All that stuff happens at night, in the dark.  As I am frequently heard to say – nothing good ever happens after 10:00 at night.  But living in the darkness also pertains to not being aware that Jesus is coming back and not living in the light of that fact.  So, we can build each other up as we remind one another to live in the light of the second coming of Jesus, and walk in the pathway of light, which is the holiness of God’s will and His ways.  Christians are children of light and so we need to think that way and walk that way.

Look for ways today that you can move away from the darkness in all its forms, choosing instead to dwell in the light of God’s Kingdom, anticipating the day when the King shall return and everything will fall under His glorious, compassionate, and wonderful rule!

Pastor Bob