The passage in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 also “happens” to refer to us Levelers. In case you haven’t guessed, we’re the sons and daughters of the Light. We’re the sons and daughters of the Day. “The Day” refers to the Day of the Lord, the 1,000-year Sabbath reign of Christ. Since we are “in Him,” we are in that Day. Because we are joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17), we reign with Him in that Day.
Our time now on earth is boot-camp training for that Day.
We must grasp just how crucial it is for us to be bright, clear lights of the Day. It’s vital that we see ourselves as children of God without fault because of the finished work of Jesus as described in Philippians 2:15. This doesn’t mean we’re perfect. It means we’re forgiven by the grace of God and wear His robes of righteousness through His shed blood. And that should cast a new light on how we live each day. Not seeing ourselves in this way is one of the major valleys that need to be raised up.
You see, as helpful as it is for us to live in this blessed assurance, it’s even more critical that we be bright lights as the general atmosphere of these last days becomes more crooked and perverse. We’re meant to stand out as a beckon of hope in the darkness (Matthew 5:14).
Notice that the Philippians verse not only describes us as blameless but harmless as well. In other words, we’re not to use our light sabers to cut through those walking in darkness with harsh judgments. Our “Force” doesn’t work that way—at least not for now. That time is coming and it is known as the Day of the Vengeance of God against evil. Incidentally, it’s also called the Day of the Lord.
Do you have a ready answer? (1 Peter 3:15)