MONDAY 8TH MARCH, 2021
THEME: WATCH AND BE SOBER
PASSAGE: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-11
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxiety of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap”.
HYMN: MHB 401 (C.M.) – GOD’S trumpet wakes the slumbering world.
The day of the Lord is a future time when God will intervene directly and dramatically in world affairs. Predicted and dedicated often in the Old Testament (Is 13:6-12; Joel 2:28-32; Zeph 1: 14-18), the day of the Lord will include both punishment and blessing. It will be a day of joy and laughter for the righteous ones who make heaven but a day of sorrow, weeping and gnashing of teeth for the wicked and sinners. Christ will judge sin and set up His eternal Kingdom. Only God knows that day.
Efforts to determine the date of Christ’s return are foolish and don’t be misled by anyone who claims to know, even the angels in heaven do not know. It is only known to the Father. We are told here that no one knows and that even believers will be surprised, just like the owner of the house being surprised to see thieves visiting his house in the night. The Lord will return suddenly and unexpectedly. We are, therefore, encouraged to be watchful and sober. To be watchful is to be at alert 24/7 and to be sober is to exercise self-control so that we don’t fall into sin. The Lord’s return will be characterized by the following:
He will return visibly with a loud command;
There will be an unmistakable cry from an angel;
There will be a trumpet funfair such as never been heard;
Believers in Christ who are dead will rise from the graves;
Believers who are alive will be caught up in the clouds to meet Christ;
Therefore, we should be ready at all times. If the Lord Jesus Christ returns today or even this very hour, what will be your plight? Where will He meet you? In a beer parlour, a brothel or His sanctuary? How will He find you living? Are you ready to meet Him? Live each day as the day of the Lord to welcome Christ. Be watchful and be sober.
PRAYER: Lord of Life, give me oil in my lamp and keep me burning, till the end of time. Amen.
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