Many people in the Silicon Valley spend a lot of time thinking about work. How should we think about work? The apostle Paul has a few ideas. In fact, he says more about work in 1 and 2 Thessalonians than he does in any of his other letters. For example, he says, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” A little harsh? Let’s see.
We live between the times: between the first coming of Christ and the future coming of Christ. It’s a hard place to be, because what we long for hasn’t been fully realized. But it’s also an exciting place to be, because what we long for has been partially realized. As we experience something of what we long for, we anticipate the coming day, but we also appreciate the present day in light of the coming day. In his two letters to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul references the future “coming” of Christ more than he does in all his other letters combined. Our study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians therefore will help us live—really live—in the present, between the times, leaning into the future.