We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 NLT
Not to be an alarmist, but the times are very strange. There is uproar and hatred in every quarter. To say there are wars and rumors thereof would be to put it mildly, and the most noticeable of these is in crucial parts of the Middle East. China is saber-rattling and Russia is consolidating power. In the midst of all this I read that the number of people in the United States who claim to be believers in Christ has declined sharply. This makes no sense to me. In these times of chaos it seems people would be coming home to God, not wandering aimlessly, playing with their phones.
Well, I can’t make anyone do anything, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. These days make me want to live in such a way that if the trumpet blows and the Lord comes for us, I will be found doing something He approves of. Let me be found reaching out to the world, let me be busy serving the Church, let my mouth be filled with the worship and praise of Almighty God. It’s Sunday. It’s the Lord’s Day. How do you think He wants you to use it?