Tuesday, May 12

Live worthy

Scripture: 2 Samuel 24, 1 Chronicles 21, Psalm 30, 1 Thessalonians 2

1 Thessalonians 2:12 We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.

Observation

Paul described his work among them as a mother or father caring for their children.  In this verse, he piles up verbs (plead, encourage, urge), reflecting the intensity of his purpose and effort.  He wanted them to “walk worthy of God”—live their lives in way that God would consider worthy.  

Application

This is a very simple and practical way to gauge our behavior, our actions.  Is it worthy of God?  

In college during a theology class, I presented a different view of a particular Bible passage.  My professor disagreed, and said in front of the class, “Mr. Wittwer, that view is not worthy of you.”  I was embarrassed and honored all at the same time.  He was disagreeing with my view while complimenting me on my intellect and ability.

When we say that a particular behavior is not worthy of God, we are acknowledging God’s goodness, grace and greatness, and recognizing that my particular behavior doesn’t reflect that.  

Today, I want to live in a way that is worthy of God.

Prayer: Lord, help me live my life in a way that would make you proud!