Monday, April 1
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For we say this to you by a word from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are still alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
This begins a section of Scripture focused on the return of Christ. When Jesus comes again (and He will!), those who have already passed from this earth will rise from the grave. Whoa. Then, those who are alive will rise. Whoa. It WILL happen. This is Paul’s point. These Thessalonians were to keep their eyes off this world and on the next by encouraging each other that Jesus will return.
Father, in all the chaos of today, I want to long for Jesus’s return. Give me a deep desire to see Him.
How can I keep the return of Christ on my radar throughout the day today? What would today look like if I really believed He could return at any time?
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.