1 Thessalonians 5
Sum it up.
“for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
We don’t know when Jesus will come back. It could be today.
Live expectingly. Like as a kid you waited for grandma & grandpa, excitedly on your best behavior.
“But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
A couple more things, do these too.
“12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.”
I now make Paul’s prayer for them my prayer for us;
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify us through and through. May our whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls us is faithful, and he will do it.”
Sanctify is a word we don’t use very often. It means to clean, To purify cleanse or absolve. Cleaned inside and out, by God himself. The thought of it is a little intimidating. Much like Mrs. Pearce taking Eliza Doolittle in for her first bath. Cleaning will take place. It may feel strange and uncomfortable. We will need to expose our most private self to our father but his goal is not to shame us but to cleanse us.
I am in your hands Father, clean me.