Jesus said he would return. The angels said Jesus would return. The disciples expected him to return. And the apostles wrote that he would return. Jesus is coming back, and faithful Christians down through the ages have longed for his appearing.
But they have not all waited the same way.
Some get organized. With highlighters and their calendars in hand, they lift up Bible verses and try to peek underneath. They note every clue and attempt to nail the date. Forget about it–it’s futile.
Others get cozy and daydream. Frustration with society becomes futility in service. Longing becomes lethargy. Expectation is reduced to selfish escapism.
Paul challenges us to get busy. Writing to the church at Thessalonica, Paul encourages us to use the return of the Lord as a motivation for industry, for purity, for love. Let’s not get lazy. Let’s not get distracted. Let’s stay focused.