Suddenly Surprised - Living in relationship with Jesus through Thessalonians

Welcome to week 5 of a study from Let's Talk About Ministries "Living in relationship with Jesus" series. This 8 week study follows Paul's letters to the Thessalonians.

1 Thessalonians 5

As I write this I'm sitting on a train, my journey requires a couple of train changes and that makes me really nervous.  For one horrifying moment I did end up on a train heading to the other end of the country, thankfully I realised before it pulled out. The problem is I don't know which platform I need and I worry I might miss the connection because I'm looking the wrong way.

My tickets have times on and that just heightens my concern, there's a time limit on how long I have to find the right platform and train. The moment I alight one train I'm on alert looking for information and signs for the next train I need, and then I'm watchful of the time and it's arrival.

Paul says in this chapter that not only do we not know the time of Jesus' arrival, we don't need to know (verse 1). If you don't know how can you keep watch?  Will you be looking the other way when he comes? Paul says, while people are living in peace and safety thinking they have nothing to worry about, Jesus will return and they will be caught out. (verse 3)

Will I be caught out? I was early for my first train and sat on a bench on the platform, with time to spare I didn't take much notice of the time as I was engrossed in a book. I barely noticed as the train pulled in and I had to jump up and gather my things to get onto the train. I wasn't watching for it because I felt confident and secure, knowing I was in the right place for when it came.

Paul encourages us that as we live in the light, we are indeed in the right place for when Jesus returns. So we shouldn't be surprised, but are we just sitting in the light, distracted by other things or are we ready, expectant and watchful?

In the parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25, you can see the result of not being ready. As those who were unprepared ran off to get more oil for their lamps the bridegroom arrives and they miss him. If you are not being filled daily, connecting with God and living a life imitating Christ, then you may not be ready when he comes. There will be no time to run back and fill up.

Jesus says "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour." Matthew 25:13
Are you watching? If Jesus came today would you be ready for him?


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4 comments:

  1. Important and sobering thoughts- thank you for this important reminder to be focused on the main thing, Jesus. Stopping by as your neighbor at the #RaRaLinkup. :-)

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement and for stopping by :)

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  2. This is a great analogy. Thanks for sharing it.

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