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Awake and Live! You are a Child of God!

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

The Day of the Lord

5 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.

Mon. December 7

Sometimes the Apostle Paul can be a bit confusing. Just before these verses he used the metaphor of “sleep” to describe Christians who had died before the return of Jesus. But in these verses he uses “sleep” to describe those who are not “awake” in faith. Then at the end of these verses he goes back to using “sleep” as metaphor for death. While that might be confusing it can also be helpful because without faith we are already spiritually “dead.” In other words, arise! Wake up! You are a child of God. God’s light is shining on you so wake up and stop sleeping! Live each day by faith in the love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness of Jesus! You are a forgiven sinner just like everyone else! Some people just don’t realize it or accept it. But you should wake up and live each day by loving others who are suffering and in need. You should be a child of light who gives that light away through forgiveness and mercy. Live each day in hope that Jesus will come again to make all things new.

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