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190901-are-you-ready-for-the-lords-return

Scripture: 1 Thes 5:1-11

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

 

Why must we be ready for the Lord’s return?

  1. Because what God said will come to pass
  2. It will happen at His appointed date and time

When will the Lord return?

No one knows and God will not reveal it.

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)

The world does not believe in Christ’s return

3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

 

How to Prepare for the Lord’s Return?

1. Be Ready

At all times (vv.1-2)

Ready

  • prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action (Merriam-Webster)
  • completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use (Dictionary.com)
  • duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose (Dictionary.com)

No one knows the exact day, time or season

No advance warning will be given

Be ready and wait actively, so that you won’t be caught by surprise.

 

2. Be Watchful

(vv.3-5)

Watch what is happening around you and in the nation

Watch what is happening around the world

Watch like a woman in labor

Be watchful so that nothing catches you by surprise

 

3. Be Alert and Self-Controlled

(vv.6-7)

Be Serious, Be Sober, Be Steadfast, Be Self-controlled

Don’t be foolish, shaky and complacent

Take God’s warning seriously

 

4. Be Dressed for Battle and Service

(v.8)

 

5. Be Assured and Confident

(vv.9-10)

Tell others of the hope within us

Share the gospel boldly, so that others will obtain salvation too

Jesus’ soon return and the believers’ resurrection offer hope and meaning for living

 

6. Be Responsible

(v.11)

Be real and true – not a hypocrite

Be responsible and credible

Then, you can:

  1. Encourage and build up one another in the faith
  2. Challenge and remind each other to persevere and wait expectantly for His soon coming

 

Challenge

Stop Sinning and Be Ready for Christ’s Return

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

 

 

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