This morning I before I went to Moorpark I was reading 2 Thessalonians. What really jumped out to me was the wrath and punishment promised for those who don’t know Jesus:
He will punish those who don’t know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. (2 Thess. 1:8)
But that isn’t the extent of the wrath that is awaiting them, Paul shows how intense it really will be!
They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power… (2 Thess. 1:9)
Yet there is so much hope for us who know Christ. Paul rejoices in this fact. He rejoices in the fact that we are growing in our faith “more and more” and that “the love of everyone of us for each other is increasing.” The fact that there is such growth within us is evidence of the fact that God has counted us worthy of the Kingdom of God.
So this morning I was sitting on the grass on the hill across from my class and my heart was just breaking for these people. People literally walking around clueless of their destiny! But they are also clueless about what they are missing out on. They are living such pointless and petty lives, dwelling upon such temporal concerns! And they are too blind to see it! That really is heartbreaking. The Lord needs to raise up people who are willing to go out into the harvest (which by the way we know is plentiful)!
Finally Paul caps of the letter by saying:
Brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
The gospel of God has taken root in our hearts. His gospel has invaded us and changed us. It has given us hope and meaning. Paul asks the church in Thessalonica to pray that this same gospel would go out and spread rapidly and effectively. Lets pray that the Lord would do that with the gospel at Moorpark too.