Thursday, April 1, 2021
“Preparing for His Presence”
By Joshua Holt
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 3:13
In 7th grade, I joined my school’s jazz band. Our group only had three regular concerts per year leaving plenty of time to learn each song well and practice for months. However, often when a concert date would approach, I would realize that I hadn’t practiced nearly enough to feel prepared for the concert. Time after time I would repeat the cycle of failing to practice enough, finding myself unprepared, rushing to prepare in time, and then doing it all over again for the next concert. Luckily, I always knew an exact concert date that I needed to be prepared by, so I was able to catch up. When it comes to preparedness in real life, however, we don’t often have that luxury.
In today’s scripture, Paul prays that God would make the Thessalonian blameless and holy for when Jesus returns. In other words, Paul wants to make sure these believers are prepared for the second coming. Nobody knows the date that Christ will return, though, so it is imperative that the Thessalonians be prepared at all times. It’s important to note that Paul doesn’t pray for them to be made holy for the final coming as a scare tactic, but rather as a reminder of their goal. I didn’t hurry to prepare for concerts because I had to, I did it because I loved jazz music and wanted to perform well. In the same way, we seek our hearts being strengthened by God not out of fear of what might happen if we don’t, but because we love God and yearn to hear Him say to us “well done my good and faithful servant!” Let today’s scripture serve as a reminder of our ultimate goal, to one day stand “blameless and holy in the presence of God” so that we can ensure every step we take leads us closer to that goal.
Prayer: God, strengthen my heart so that I will be blameless and holy in the Your presence when Jesus returns. Amen