READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
May your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this. (vv. 23-24)
The opening words of this passage will be familiar to some: “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; give thanks in all circumstances” (vv. 16-18). If you’re like me, you read these words, feel inspired, and then immediately feel defeated. I know before I even begin that I will not be able to rejoice and pray and give thanks always and at all times. These feel like worthy but impossible goals.
We go on to read that we are to be sound and blameless in spirit and soul and body when Christ returns. Again, I feel vaguely inspired and at the same time overwhelmingly pessimistic about my ability to accomplish what is being counseled.
And then we come to the good news: the One who calls us is faithful, and he will do this. He will keep us sound and blameless, he will enable us to rejoice and pray and give thanks at all times, he will make us holy, in our entirety (vv. 23-24). Christ gives us all that we need for life and godliness.
May the God of peace himself sanctify us entirely. May he keep us sound and blameless until Christ’s return.