My last post had the text from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The last sentence is one that intrigues me.
When we talk about Christ coming again, and then use this passage, it’s not usually in a comforting way.
It’s usually to SCARE one another.
“You better watch what you’re doing… JESUS IS COMING BACK!”
How do we find “comfort” or “encouragement” in the words of Christ coming back, especially in world that brought us “A Thief in the Night” and the “Left Behind” series?
Are we truly encouraged by Christ coming back? (And not some creepy, “This world is going to hell in a handbasket and I can’t wait to get out of here” kind of way.)
We need to long for home. A home we’ve never seen.
We need to long for a place we’ve never been, but know it’s the place we belong. We need to long for One we’ve never seen face to face, but we know he is longing to see us.
We need to get tired of being so easily satisfied with the junk of this world.
It’s time to encourage each other with the thoughts of HOME.
Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.