1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 (ESV)
The Day of the Lord
5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 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. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children
of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let
us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep
we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Paul is telling us that we do not have a clue when Christ is returning, and we should not worry
about it. We should simply live as Christians every day doing what God wants us to do. We wait for that day, but we live each day for the Lord as it comes. Now it seems like Paul is telling us to not “sleep.” The sleep here
is not referring to actual sleep at night, nor death, but a life of sin. We are not to live in the darkness of sin, but in the light of Christ. We are to live for Christ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week... whether we are in bed sleeping or working during
I pray: O Lord, help me to live each day for the Lord, and to not dwell on when he will return. If I am living each day for the Lord, then I will be ready for when Jesus returns.
Help me to encourage one another and build one another up. Amen.