Doorbell Ring or Thief – End Times

11 Oct

It has been a while since I posted.  That’s due to a move. We received an offer on our home and things went quickly from there. Now, we’ve been in our new home about 10 days. 

A few nights ago, I told my husband, “I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that we even moved!”  He agreed.

You might think that’s strange after hearing our house  had been for sale, off and on, for three years.

But, we weren’t in a period of focusing on it. School had started, committments to sports and Bible studies made. We were engaged in our lives there, while knowing our house could sell, we didn’t really expect it to at that time.

In my journal, I described the move as an interruption to everyday life; like a doorbell ring on an ordinary day announcing a friend you hadn’t expected, yet were thrilled to see. And I’m still staring at that friend’s face in awe that she’s here. Still trying to take in and recognize my new home as home.

Do you think that’s how the end of the age, the end of time will be? I have been leading a study on the first half of Matthew. Jesus speaks over and over about the end times. That text from Matthew along with the daily Bible reading that has us in 1 Thessalonians right now, continue to prompt me to consider how real the end of time is.

Jesus teaches about the kingdom of heaven. He warns of the day of judgement, he instructs that a day of harvesting will occur.  John the Baptist also instructed that judgement was coming and the threshing floor would be cleared. (Read Matthew Chapter 3 and Chapters 12 and 13). Jesus tells us to live with the kingdom of heaven in our hearts, to know rewards are there that cannot be removed or destroyed or lose value.

In Paul’s writings in 1 Thessalonians, he acknowledges that Jesus Christ will return like a thief in the night.  This doesn’t sound like a pleasant surprise, does it?

But read on!  (Really, read on through the end of 1 Thess. chapter 5, it’s short.)

For those who are true followers, Christ’s coming won’t be like a thief. If we are engaged in life, doing what he has called us to do, his coming will be more like that pleasant, surprising doorbell ring.  Let’s live fully engaged in God’s word, living it out. Keep on doing that everyday until you fall asleep in Christ or hear the doorbell ring!

Bible Reading:

Old Testament: Completed through Jeremiah Chapter 16

New Testament: Completed through 1 Thessalonians

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