Are You Ready? (1 Thessalonians 4-5)


1Thessalonians 5:2-3 ESV For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. (3) While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

You’ve heard of the ancient city of Pompeii. The city was located near a volcano named Mount Vesuvius. On the day that Mount Vesuvius erupted, everyone in Pompeii was going through their daily routines. What they didn’t know was that beneath the surface pressure was building, hot molten rock was moving, and the volcano they lived near would soon erupt. Everything was normal that day, until it wasn’t. In a split second everything changed. Hot deadly ash covered the city killing everything and preserving a snapshot of ancient Roman life for future generations to discover.

Paul reminds us that the return of Christ will happen very suddenly. The world won’t be waiting or expecting His return. Many so called Christians may even be lulled to sleep by the lullaby of everyday life. They will miss the signs of His return. In an instant everything will change. There won’t be time on that day to get ready for what is happening. The only way to be ready for that day is to be ready beforehand.

The question we should as ourselves in reflection is, “are you ready?”

Father, thank you for your Word. Thank you that you tell us about the eminent return of Christ. I pray that we’d be ready. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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