After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1Thessalonians 4:17
It is so easy to be distracted from what life is really about by the activities we face everyday. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes; from the stuff we really love to the unpleasant situations we all deal with every day. Its easy to be distracted by vacations, favorite football teams, financial chaos, or bad medical reports when the coming of the Lord never comes to mind. If the Bible is true and His promises are sure, His appearance could come at any moment. Just think for a moment about that day. In an atomic instant millions of graves will open, dead bodies will come alive, and millions of living believers will be changed into immortal, stunningly beautiful creatures. It could happen today! Here are some thoughts from the 1500’s from Martin Luther about that great day.
“We will all be taken up to the Lord together at the same time, both those who previously died and those who live until Christ’s coming. In one moment, all will hover together and see each other again. Although we who are still living will have our eyes wide open, we will not see the Lord Christ before those who have died. It would make more sense that we, who are still living, should be the first to see the Lord, because the dead have long since decayed and, to our thinking, are no more.
But Christ has determined that the dead will rise with us at the same moment and will have beautiful eyes that see as well as we do. God will do for Christians what he did for Christ. He pulled Christ out from the closed and sealed grave in an instant, so quickly that in one moment he was both in and out. So in the last moment, God will bring together both. He will bring us, who are still alive and have our five senses, together with those who are dead, decayed, pulverized, and scattered all over the world. We will all, at the same time, be drawn to heaven and soar in the clouds. We will be lighter than the birds and much more beautiful than the sun.”
So what is demanding your attention today? Will that situation even matter a thousand years from now? You will still be alive, really alive! Take some time to think about eternity. What kind of day will be the last one of this age? Setting your eyes on eternity tends to bring the here and now into perspective. His coming may be nearer than any of us really imagine.