We are to be expectant of Jesus Christ’s second coming. Christians not only knew this. Christians are mindful of this. Christians are looking forward to this. Christians prepare for this.
The future is unknown, but one thing sure is Christ’s return. It should not come as a surprise to Christians. Thus we need to fix our minds on this truth such that when Christ suddenly appears, we are not caught red-handed.
They say we must live each day as if it is our last. So true. For Christians that would mean living each day as if each day would be the return of Christ. By doing so, we can have a sense of urgency and alertness. Imagine living each day expecting Christ to appear. Won’t we have more motivation to read the Bible? Won’t we love and understand more? Won’t we give more? Won’t we pray more? Won’t we more willingly do the will of God in our life?
When we set our minds on Christ’s return, we are awakened. We don’t go with our life like people who are asleep. People who are “asleep” are not prepared for action. Their minds are not active. Their physical state does not move in urgency. Instead, they live in their own will and pace, doing what they want to do according to their pleasures. They don’t think of God’s judgement or prepare for that. They think that life is always good without minding that every deed is going to be judged one day by the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.
“For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.– 1 Thessalonians 5:2-7 (WEB)
For when they are saying, “Peace and safety,” then sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman; and they will in no way escape.
But you , brothers, aren’t in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief.
You are all children of light, and children of the day. We don’t belong to the night, nor to darkness,
so then let’s not sleep, as the rest do, but let’s watch and be sober.
For those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunken are drunken in the night.”
Christians belong to the day. We could see things clearly. We have the wisdom from God. God enables us to to understand things properly. Our way of thinking is fashioned by the Spirit of God and molded by the Word of God.
“But let us, since we belong to the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and, for a helmet, the hope of salvation.– 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11 (WEB)
For God didn’t appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.”
As followers of Jesus Christ who expect His second coming, Christians are to be sober and to wear:
- The breastplate of faith and love.
- The helmet of hope of salvation
Breastplate and helmet are parts of na armor used to protect the body. The breastplate, of course, protects the chest area while the helmet protects the head.
It’s important to notice how the breastplate strategically conceals the upper part of the body, effectively concealing the heart, the lungs, the stomach, and other important organs. In the same manner, the helmet protects an important organ, the brain.
Spiritually speaking, we must protect our most significant parts. Paul tells us that we can do that through our faith and love in Jesus Christ. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9) and we are made righteous by His righteousness (Romans 3:22, Romans 5:19, 2 Corinthians 5:21). Love at all times. It’s the brand of Christians through the love of Christ.
We can also spiritually defend ourselves and keep ourselves sustained by the attacks of the enemy and the sins of the world by the hope of salvation we have in Jesus Christ. We have great hope that we shall be with God eternally and that we are saved from the fires of hell because of Christ’s redeeming work on the cross (John 5:28-29, Romans 6:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
Therefore, we could continually be expectant of Christ’s return by keeping on walking in our faith and salvation in Christ and by continuing to hold onto the hope we have in Christ. So, put them on — the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of hope of salvation!
Carry on, soldier of Christ. Jesus is coming soon!