Getting ready to go anywhere with a young family is like herding a gaggle of geese. Trying to get somewhere when your wife is still primping is like trying to move the Rock of Gibraltar. We had a wonderful time with our extended family this holiday. But trying to drive a flock of eight or ten people into their cars is almost impossible! Bronwyn forgot to lock the door, parents need their coats, and Julie, of course, misplaced her cell phone. Richard must move his golf clubs (reluctantly!) and Brie and Derrek forgot to set the alarm. I, of course, am perfectly prompt. Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 that getting ready for the coming of Christ is incredibly important:
“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, (2) for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night…(4) But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief…(8) But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet…(11)Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
“Walking in the light,” as discussed multiple times in the New Testament, refers to the concept that our lives are open to the leading, teaching, and conviction of the Holy Spirit. He is the One who dresses us to meet Jesus at His return. Self-control, faith, love, and hope are the homecoming clothes we wear to welcome Him. Dressing in godly garments is not easy, but that is why God gives us grace to walk in intimacy. The good-looking duds are donned with Jesus’ impeccable taste.