Reading: 1st Thessalonians 5: 1-11
Verse Nine: “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Paul encourages us to stay awake on our faith journey. He calls us to be alert to what is going on around us. He contrasts this with those who are asleep. There is a great difference between having a faith that is awake and alert and journeying through life asleep and oblivious to God. The difference matters in both the day to day living and on the day when Jesus returns.
In our daily walk with Jesus we must be awake and alert and self-controlled. Paul calls us children of the light. In the light, all of our deeds and words – both the good and the bad – are exposed. Paul is implying that in all we do and say we must bring honor to God. Faith and love and the hope of salvation must be what others see in our lives. It is through these three that we encourage one another and it is how we draw others to the light. When we are awake and alert we also see the world as Jesus sees it. We see those in need. We see how we can make a positive difference for the lost. Only when we are awake and alert do we see so that we can then respond with compassion and care.
Paul contrasts the daily walk with Jesus with those who are asleep and with those who live in the night or in the darkness. They have a false sense of security in the dark and will be caught unprepared when Jesus returns. They live in the dark and think their sins are covered by the darkness. They live enjoying the pleasures of the flesh and the world, not realizing that God sees in the dark just as well as He sees in the light.
at times, however, we too wander into the dark. At times we succumb to the temptation and we dwell in the darkness. But out of His great love for us God calls us back into the light. Verse nine reads, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ”. Thank God for that love that died for us so that we may live with Him forever. This day may we be awake and alert, having a servant’s heart and hands and feet that bring His love to all we meet today.