Living to please God
We read in 1 Thessalonians 1:2 how Paul, Silas and Timothy always thank God for the Thessalonians, remembering before God “ their work produced by faith, their labour prompted by love and endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus.
As Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica, he indicates how he and his team lived their lives as an example to the Thessalonians. Caring for them, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them as well as sharing their lives.
Paul preached a gospel based on his life being an example of truth, hope and love with a desire to please God. Everything he did, his ministry to others, his preaching, his willingness to work day and night to not be a burden was a testimony to God’s power.
Paul reminded the Thessalonians that their lives were a testimony to Gods power because they were holy, righteous and blameless amongst them. “ we worked day and night in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you” ( 1 Thessalonians 2:9) and calls on the Thessalonians to do the same – to be blameless and holy. To show their love for one another. To lead a quiet life and to “work” with their hands so that their daily lives would win the respect of outsiders not being dependent on anybody.
How do you live- Do you live in such a way that you please God and win the respect of outsiders?
Do people see your faith lived out in an attitude of humility, care and love?
Are you diligent in your daily faith and your daily walk with God in order to add value to the people around you and to honour and please God?
Spend some time in the first book of Thessalonians and reflect on how these scriptures apply to you each day – at work, home and your community. Ask God to help you live out the first book of Thessalonians daily, and whatever you do, “ work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for men ( Colossians 3:23)