Are You Waiting for the Son?

Sam Petitfils

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

A close look at this passage reveals a remarkable truth: A good chunk of our calling here on earth is to wait for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to turn from idols, serve the true and living God, but also wait for the Son. At first blush, it seems a life of idleness is in order, to turn from idols to idleness. Not at all, in fact, quite the opposite is inferred.

Waiting for the Son translates into holy living (1 John 3:2), and uncommon zeal. It means we put aside the vanities of this world and fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2; Colossians 3:1-4). We need to think from the end of our lives backwards. What will we want Jesus to say about the quality of our life when we stand before Him? One day we will stand in His presence to give an account of our lives (Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15). What do we want Him to say?

Waiting for the Son means we remember the words of the Lord Jesus and strive to live for Him each day. It calls for a consecrated life in tune with God’s purposes as revealed in His Word. We should rejoice daily (Philippians 4:4) at the very thought of Jesus returning. But some will ashamed at His coming (1 John 2:28), the very thing we need to avoid. Instead, let’s vow to wait for Jesus and live for Him each day as children expecting His soon return. Here’s how we can do that:

  • Spend quality time with God each day and ask Him to renew your heart
  • Be open to special opportunities from God to use you each day
  • Set your heart on the return of Christ and align your life with that in mind (1 Peter 1:13)
  • In all things give thanks to God (1 Thessalonians 5:18) as this helps lighten the load and drives out bitterness
  • Count all worldly fame and possessions as loss in exchange for knowing Christ the Lord (Philippians 3:8)

Finally continue to "eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed" (1 Corinthians 1:7). Don't try to "gut out" the Christian life alone, thinking you can overcome the trials of life on your own. Instead, rely on God, and wait for His Son who will restore all things.

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