Chet shared with us this past Sunday that there were powerful things going on in Thessalonica. In less than a year, this small but mighty band of believers had spread the Gospel around the world.
They were focused on evangelism, discipleship, witnessing, and spiritual transformation. They were motivated by the message of the Second Coming of Christ!
The reality that the Lord had promised to return and ultimately reunite with His followers was powerful motivation for those first century believers to persevere, and it should be for us, too!
I found a short story (Taken from One Thousand Evangelistic Illustrations by Aquilla Webb) that illustrates how the powerful truth of the Lord’s return can motivate us:
A gentleman visiting a certain school gave out that he would give a prize to the pupil whose desk he found in the best order when he returned. “But when will you return?” some of them asked.
“That I cannot tell,” was the answer. A little girl, who had been noted for her disorderly habits, announced that she meant to win the prize. “You!” her schoolmates jeered, “Why, your desk is always out of order.”
“Oh! But I mean to clean it the first of every week.”
“But suppose he should come at the end of the week?” someone asked.
“Then I will clean it every morning.”
“But he may come at the end of the day.” For a moment the little girl was silent. “I know what I’ll do,” she said decidedly, “I’ll just keep it clean.”
“I will just keep it clean…” those are our marching orders for this week! We need to make a concerted effort to keep our proverbial “desks” clean all of the time.
“Put to death what is earthly in you…” (Colossians 3:5). “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body… (Romans 6:12).
While we are keeping a close eye on our own flesh, let’s be reminding each other of this incredible truth: It could be today. He could return today!