It has been a strange and difficult couple of months, to say the least. Where I live, quarantine has been lifted, and businesses are beginning to reopen and function under a new “normal”. My pastor preached a message from 1 Thessalonians 5 this past Sunday, and I was challenged and encouraged so much by it that I had to write a post about it. He titled the message “While We Wait”, and he spoke about what we as Christians should be doing while we wait for the Lord’s return. So you may be still waiting for things to reopen where you are right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do great things for God. I hope this post encourages you to pray for others, share the Gospel with someone, study His Word, encourage an elderly member of your church with a card or letter, the list could go on! Let your spirit be soft to God’s leading and what you can do to have compassion and make a difference in the world around you.
I Thessalonians 5v5-11
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
I just quickly wrote a few of the points my pastor mentioned in his message. Here are a six things we Christians can do while we wait:
- Be at peace with fellow believers (vs.11-13)
- Watch for division, encourage and support the weak, and practice patience. (vs. 14)
- Follow Christ’s example of good works and righteous living (vs. 15)
- Rejoice in everything. (vs. 16)
- Pray consistently (vs. 17)
- Be grateful and have an attitude of thankfulness. (vs. 18)
There are so many more things to do while we wait for quarantine to end and ultimately the rapture of the church. One of the most important things not mentioned in these verses specifically is sharing the Gospel with those around you. Acts 1v8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Christ gave specific instructions to his disciples about who to share the Gospel with. He didn’t leave anyone out of His command. We are to preach the Gospel to everyone! Another passage of Scripture, II Timothy 2v2, says, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” Christians shouldn’t be bottling up everything they are learning. We are supposed to be sharing our knowledge and experiences with others.
What have you learned during this time of quarantine? I could go on and on about what God has been teaching me over the last couple of months, but this post is long enough already! Thanks for reading, y’all!! For more faith-related posts, click here.