Does your life show your relationship with God in Christ?

In first Thessalonians Chapter 4 and verses 13 through 18 you can read this, “But we would not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

There’s a lot of important information that can be derived from the scripture quoted above but for now just to focus on the one most important fact is that the Bible clearly states that Jesus Christ will come again.

For those that have simply a nominal belief in the accuracy of Scripture the above quote must be very difficult to swallow. It is really stretching the imagination to try to make a valid point in believing that God is real but speaking of the return of Jesus Christ is some kind of perverted fantasy. It simply defies common sense to think that the Bible does not mean what it says here when it indicates that Jesus Christ himself will be coming again.

Where we go beyond that is looking at the lives of those of us that believe the fact of Jesus coming again is a literal truth yet our lives do not reflect that.

Yes, I know all about us still being imperfect and that although the Holy Spirit is both willing and able to help us in our desire to live sin free lives my experience has been that most people claiming the name of Jesus Christ as Savior really do not have a heart’s desire to live lives that are pleasing to God.

I guess that is one of the great mysteries of life in Christ that so many of us profess to believe that Jesus Christ is alive and is coming again yet you can never tell it by the lives that we lead.

Not that we fully expect to be perfect in this lifetime but how many Christians do you know that are deeply grieved each and every time that they fail God in the decisions and in the choices that they make day-to-day?