The Meaning of The Rapture For Everyday Life – 6

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Pastor’s Note: The following excerpt is a completion from the article I posted last week. Like the Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians, we SHOULD be comforting one another with the Scriptural prophecies that have been given us in God’s written word. Put your trust in the eternal word!

As with any of these articles that are not mine, the credit is listed at the end of the excerpted article and all rights are reserved to the author and publisher.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-21, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” KNJV (Bold emphasis, added).

The Rapture Has a Controlling Influence on Serving Hearts

So many today are unstable and unsettled in Christian work. They are constantly vacillating. Knowing about Christ’s coming and future events should cure the problem of instability and inconsistency in Christian labor. In 1 Corinthians 15:58, after presenting the truth of the Rapture and the Resurrection, Paul concludes with a strong admonition: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (NASB). Paul is saying, since you know that Christ will someday come to receive you to Himself, let nothing move you, and be strong and steady in your Christian service. Realizing that Christ could return at any time is to make us energetic and excited about serving the Lord. The first two questions Saul, who later became Paul, asked when he saw the glorified Christ on the road to Damascus were “Who are You, Lord?” and “What shall I do, Lord?” (Acts 22:8, 10, NASB). Many professing Christians today have never moved past the first question. Many believers in Christ are spiritually unemployed!

If the Rapture is a reality to us, it will motivate us to work faithfully for our Lord. The Lord intends for our knowledge of Bible prophecy to translate into devoted service for those around us as we await His return. The principle in the Bible is clear: waiters are workers. When Christ comes we are to “be dressed for service and keep [our] lamps burning” (Luke 12:35).

Warren Wiersbe tells a story of when he was a young man preaching on the last days with all the events of prophecy clearly laid out and perfectly planned. At the end of the service an older gentleman came up to him and whispered in his ear, “I used to have the Lord’s return planned out to the last detail, but years ago I moved from the planning committee to the welcoming committee.”

Certainly we want to study Bible prophecy and know about God’s plan for the future. That’s what this book is all about. But we must be careful not to get too caught up in the planning and forget the welcoming. Are you on the welcoming committee for the Lord’s coming? Are you living each day to please the Master? May God help our knowledge of the Rapture to transform our lives as we eagerly await the coming of our Savior.[1]

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[1] Mark Hitchcock, The End: Everything You’ll Want to Know about the Apocalypse (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2012), 201.
*Where noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
**Where noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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