Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 NLT
[1] Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. [2] For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. [3] 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. [4] 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. [5] For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. [6] So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. [7] Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. [8] But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. [9] For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. [10] Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. [11] So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Reflection . . .

The Lord is coming! He is coming soon! He will come suddenly and without warning in the moment.

We await the Lord’s return, but we are to be about His work not just waiting and searching for His return. We are to be ready, certainly! We are to be in constant communion with the Lord and with others. Here were are given the instruction to:

. . . So encourage each other and build each other up! This is the work of ministers of the Gospel. In many ways, encouraging and building one another up sums up the whole of ministry. There are many aspects to encouragement, including teaching, preaching, helping, etc. It is simply stated here so that everyone can understand that doing ministry does not have to be complicated or difficult, or that you have to have a specific education or gifting to do the work of ministry.

Ministry is encouraging and building up one another