Surprise.

Friday August 10, 2018

by colinscanvas

1 Thessalonians 5:2-5

For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.

But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.


The church of Thessalonica was being reminded of something important. Don’t be surprised. They had been taught a lot about the day of the Lord’s return and Paul wants them to really grasp and hold onto what they’ve learned. He reminds them to live in the light. He goes on to say in verse eleven, “Encourage each other and build each other up…” The apostle Paul cares about them deeply and doesn’t want them to be surprised.

There was a point in my life when I was coasting in my faith. I remember dedicating my life to Jesus my freshman year and had been on fire for Jesus for about six months. Life happened. I got side tracked and kind of put my faith to the side. I’ll never forget what I heard at FCA one night that made me flip the script. It changed  my outlook on the urgency we need in our lives forever.

“Too soon, it’ll be too late.”

Read it again. One more time. Seriously. Let it sink in. Too soon, it’ll be too late. Before you know it, you’ll be married (hopefully) with kids (maybe) and your kids will be going to college and then they will be having kids. I know it sounds far off, but life moves fast. It happens in the blink of an eye. I never want to look back and say, “I waited too long to do this.” or “I wish I stopped doing this.” Too soon, it’ll be too late.

Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. B.I.B.L.E. Jesus gives us everything we need in the bible to prepare us for potential surprises. Use this tool daily to help you grow in your knowledge of Jesus, yourself, and the world around you. There is always something we can improve in our life. No one is perfect. Don’t wait too long to start taking your faith seriously. Don’t wait to long to mend a friendship. Don’t wait too long to tell your friends about Jesus. You haven’t run out of time yet. But, too soon, it’ll be too late.

What needs to change in your life?

Do I understand the urgency of my life?

Dear Lord, make clear to us areas we need to improve on. Guide is while we learn and grow in our hearts for you. Amen

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

 

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