But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
— The Apostle Paul, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11

This week Tonya did the talk on 1 Thessalonians 5. We learned about intoxication and the damage it can do to us and to those around us. We learned that it is not easy to stop getting drunk once we start, so it can be strategic to simply stay away from it. Drunkenness, as described in these verses, represents anything that can overwhelm our minds and distract us from following God's commands.

We belong to the day

We are told to be the light in the darkness -- that we are the light and day, not the night. Tonya brought little electric candles for each of us to keep to represent this. Three-year-old Hudson was super cute, having us blow them out as he turned the switch. Jason and Mary told us that we can see a candle from 14 miles away if there are no other lights between us. Like a candle flame, we appear to shine even brighter when people are in a lot of darkness. We discovered in discussion that several us have lost friends who were in darkness at the time because our light was upsetting to them. However, we should continue to shine even if others run from our light.

Sometimes we need help

Jason also reminded us that it can be hard for us to continue to shine when we face adversity, so we need to be on the lookout and get help when we need it. Taking quiet time with God, listening to uplifting Christian music, attending church and fellowshipping with other Christians are ways to receive that help and encouragement.

Mark reminded us that when we are not sober we cannot show much self control. We should put on the helmet of salvation to protect our minds from the enemy's mental attacks and the breastplate of righteousness to protect ourselves from the trials and difficulties we face. Steven reminded us that it is through the trials and difficulties that God strengthens us. If we are not sober the things that we are intoxicated with will numb us to the trials we go through and we will not be strengthened.

Your challenge this Week

We listened to "Do Something" by Matthew West toward the end. I encourage you to do something by watching for ways you can be a light in the darkness for others. Also look for ways you may be getting intoxicated by something -- things that could be distracting you from being a light for others and getting in your way of serving God -- and work on removing these from your soul and life.

1 Comment