Paulprayedthat the Thessalonian Church would be watching and waiting when Jesus returned to earth with all of His saints. Paul was constantly concerned about that. God wants all Christians, in every period of church history, to live each day expecting Jesus to come again for us. (1 Thess. 3) I believe the purpose of that message was first, to give us a sense of urgency to get the gospel out to as many people as possible. In addition, Paul wanted to give us a sense of priority, because when Christ comes, we are going to leave everything behind. Our priority should be the eternal things of the Spirit. And because Jesus could return at any time, we are motivated to walk in holiness. The hope of Jesus’ imminent return is a purifying hope.