Thursday, April 07, 2016

How's Your Walk? (1 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

Today’s scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12

“… walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” What does this really mean? What manner is worthy enough to deserve being a part of God’s kingdom?

I believe it means behaving in a way that pleases God. It means spending time in His word learning more about Him and His character. It means praying and communing with Him, listening to His voice.

It means striving to live by the greatest commandment, and “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). And living by the second greatest, as well, by striving to “love your neighbor as yourself” (v. 31).

It means allowing the Holy Spirit to manifest His fruit in you so you are loving, joyful, patient, gentle, and kind (see Galatians 5:21-23). It means serving the “least of these” (Matthew 25:31-40).

Or as Paul wrote, it means to live devoutly, uprightly, and blamelessly, and exhort and encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Sounds like a very high calling, doesn’t it? When the end result is being with God in His kingdom, it’s really the least we can do.

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