Dry Runs

11 Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you; 12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; 13 so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints (1 Thessalonians 3).

We all know a “dry run” is a dress rehearsal for the real thing. Perhaps Paul is implying such a thing as he writes these brethren concerning his coming to them—as a dry run for the real thing when “the Lord Jesus with all His saints” comes one day. Will they be found abounding “in love” when he comes? Will they be found “without blame” and “in holiness” before God?

It’s all about accountability. Our flesh doesn’t much like this word, much less its meaning. It doesn’t like the idea of having to answer to anyone. And yet, the Lord probably orchestrates “dry runs” for us all the time in anticipation of that Great Day in the coming of the King of kings and Lord of Lords.

Lord, help us This Day to be ready, not just for the real thing, but also for any “dry run” you might send our way. Amen.