Scripture: 1 Chronicles 25-27, 1 Thessalonians 4

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Finally, our brothers and sisters, you learned from us how you should live in order to please God. This is, of course, how you have been living. And now we beg and urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to do even more.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 You yourselves have been taught by God how you should love one another. 10And you have, in fact, behaved like this towards all the brothers and sisters in all Macedonia. So we beg you, our brothers and sisters, to do even more.


Paul commends the Thessalonian Christians for living to please God and for loving one another—two pretty good things.  And then he adds, “We beg you to do even more.”

“You are doing it…now do even more.”

Said another way, keep improving.  Keep growing.  Never stop getting better.

One of the adventures in the Christian life is that there is always room for growth.  No matter how well we are doing, we can always do even more, get even better.

When I was a youth pastor, I often asked students how they would describe their spiritual state and used a swimming analogy.  “Are you swimming and moving forward?  Are you sinking?  Or are you treading water?”  No one wanted to be sinking, and I think many were too modest to say they were swimming, so most of them said they were treading water.  I told them that you can’t tread water very long—you either go forward or back.  Sink or swim.

It’s easy to get comfortable and complacent, to think I’m ok where I am, that I’m doing good enough.  But that’s not how God wants us to live.  That’s treading water.  He wants us to swim!  To grow!  To do even more.

Prayer: Lord, today I want to do even more; I want to make progress; I want to keep growing and improving.  Don’t let me get complacent!