1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
13Brothers and sisters, we don’t want you to be ignorant about those who have died. We don’t want you to grieve like other people who have no hope.
14We believe that Jesus died and came back to life. We also believe that, through Jesus, God will bring back those who have died. They will come back with Jesus. 15We are telling you what the Lord taught. We who are still alive when the Lord comes will not go into his kingdom ahead of those who have already died.
16The Lord will come from heaven with a command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the dead who believed in Christ will come back to life. 17Then, together with them, we who are still alive will be taken in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. In this way we will always be with the Lord.
18So then, comfort each other with these words!
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, your future has been set for you. You have the blessed assurance of what will happen to you. With this in mind, how come we are not telling everyone about it? Why do we feel "public opinion" of us? Why aren't we more courageous in giving others the same hope we have? Why is it easier to comply and act as if we are part of the world, rather than behave as people who will be ultimately saved from the world?
If you seriously think about it, these are difficult questions to answer. Many of us would rather maintain the "status quo" with our relationships at home, at work, in school, and in the our daily circles. We fear what others might think about us. The truth sometimes is that we fear the criticism of man rather than the wrath of an unseen God. At one time or another we all feel this way. None of us are bold about our faith all of the time, and unfortunately the very person you are talking to each and every day may be on the brink of spending their eternity without God and facing eternal torment.
That is why we have encouraging words such as Paul wrote in his letter to the Thessalonians. Many were uncertain how this whole salvation thing in Jesus worked. They feared what would become of those that died and of what might happen to them. These are the same fears many of us have, and because we still fear and are uncertain about what we hear about Jesus might be too good to be true, others might suffer for our lack of faith.
You need to be comforted and emboldened by the words above. When you place your faith in Jesus Christ to save you from your sinful life, your future is set. You will be with Christ to spend eternity one way or another. It is time that as followers of Jesus you need to shout it from the rooftops. Time to wear your faith "on your sleeve" before it is too late.