«Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God» (l Thessalonians 4:1).
IN CHAPTER 4 of I Thessalonians. the apostle Paul encourages Christians there to move forward in a truly godly and holy life. He also teaches that a life of holiness and righteousness consists of loving others, working and striving to live peacefully, as a result of trust in God.
Paul exposes what the situation of the dead in Christ is. He begins by affirming that just as Christ was resurrected, in the same way those who die believing in Him will also be resurrected. And how will this happen? God will give the command, the angels will sound the trumpet, and then the event of the resurrection will occur.
The righteous living and the resurrected will await Christ in the clouds of heaven. It is going to be a spectacular scene! This promise must comfort our hearts, and give us the certainty that, for the faithful, life does not end in death. For the faithful, death is only a pause, the unconscious sleep of death. These words of Paul should produce in us total trust in God, for He is the Author and Re-Creator of life.
A woman had been diagnosed with an incurable disease and with little time to live. So she started putting her things in order. She contacted her pastor and told him which hymns she wanted to be sung at her funeral service and what Scripture readings to read. She also requested to be buried with her favorite book and something else: a fork in her right hand!
Surprised, the pastor wanted to know why she was requesting something so strange. With a smile, the woman explained, «When people ask why I have a fork in my hand, I want you to say, ‘She kept her fork because the best is yet to come.’ «
When God created all things, the best had already come. Because of sin we lost everything, but the best is yet to come for sinners reached by the grace of Christ. Let us live with that certainty and with that hope. At the return of Christ, the righteous living will be transformed, the dead in Christ will be resurrected, and everything will be made new and forever new.
Don’t doubt it. Today may be a great day, but the best is yet to come.