Sometimes I think we forget the "serious" side of life. Of course life is full of daily challenges and can seem serious...but we may not often think about just how serious this matter of life is. We sample living for a relatively brief sliver of human history and move on. We really had nothing to do with being here personally. We don't know what will happen in our lives in the future...even today's future. We tend to have hopes that center around our personal lives...for health...for family members...for what's coming up this week, this weekend, this summer. But what about the bigger questions? Is there One who planned for me to be here? Did He fashion this garden we enjoy living in daily? Does He have a future for me in the forever that lies just past my final breath?
Paul wrote to encourage a church that was going through a lot of suffering for their faith in God. He encouraged them by addressing the serious side of life and of these big questions. He wrote a few letters to the Thessalonians. These folks were so excited about the faith that had been awakened within that they were telling people all around. Some received the message and some responded with anger. The message they shared was a serious one. This verse captures part of that flavor (1 Thessalonians 1:10) "And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God's Son from heaven-Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment)."
We're talking serious here...but seriously wonderful!