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“Walk Worthy of God” (1 Thess 2:1-12)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012
Posted by: The Gospel Church | more..
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“You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (vs10-12).

It didn’t matter what season the brethren were in. Paul and his companions were bold in the gospel, whether people wanted to hear it or not. He says, “For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict” (vs1-2). He didn’t change his message for the times or the situation. Likewise, deal faithfully with God’s word. Never alter it to please your hearers or prove your favorite teaching. Preach the gospel in the context of Scriptures to the glory of Christ. Jeremiah 23:28-29, says, “The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?’ says the Lord. ‘Is not My word like a fire?’ says the Lord, ‘And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”

Let us live this gospel as well. God is looking at us, so testify in a way that pleases Him (vs3-4). Paul said, “For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts”. We know that He sees us and rewards everyone accordingly. Therefore, do not labor and forget Him. I’m reminded of a young man who preached and then saw someone come into the back of the building. He thought, “Surely this man is important. He looks like he has influence”. So, he preached to please this man, and in the end, he greeted him at the back door only to find that this “distinguished gentleman” was neither rich nor powerful. From closer examination, he was a homeless man in a well-worn second hand suit. Likewise, whenever we seek honor from men, whenever we seek to please them instead of God, we are groveling before powerless sinners when Jesus alone saves and gives life. Paul preached the gospel sincerely because he believed God wholeheartedly, and we must do the same.

Gospel preachers, as examples of Christians, are not TAKERS but givers (vs5-6)! We read, “For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness – God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ”. We preach glad tidings, freely and SINCERELY to all. Our Lord said, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt 10:8). We don’t use people, but we love them. He says, “But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children”. Presentation matters. We give the gospel in a way that honors God.

Love is the root of our ministry (vs7-8). We read, “So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.” They served, not to gain favor, but as the fruit of their full acceptance in Christ. They knew the magnitude of their forgiveness, and they knew that the Master was on their side, a covenant keeper, and that He had not forsaken them (1 John 4:4). As unworthy as we are, we are fully accepted and loved by God in Christ, and this is the only power to make us love people: we are satisfied with Him and moved by His Spirit. Love comes when you’re filthy and depraved and yet forgiven and promised every blessing by the sin-atonement of Christ. Grace gives to us freely, and then we give FREELY from our heart. Love moved Paul and his companions. Likewise, let your faults be healed, and you’ll love people, not wanting anything but their good. God reveals that we are His people by this character and teaches us to examine our ministry.

Finally, Paul says, “You saw us. You watched our conduct, and you saw for yourself what sincerity we had among you” (vs10-12). He says, “You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory”. Likewise, our testimony is also in WORD and DEED (Acts 1:1-3). We have the truth of the gospel, and our sincerity proves that we are of God. He uses this power of messenger matching message to convince His people. Paul says elsewhere, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Cor 4:2). They see our holiness and follow Christ, even as we’ve seen the examples of the apostles and our Lord.

Walk worthy of God as the goal of your life. We are not here to be happy on our terms. We’re servants of the Master, and 1 Thessalonians 2 shows us THE way. We are commanded and charged with the forcefulness of a father and the comfort of a mother. God will make you able to do His will. The leprous man said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean”, and the Lord Jesus in great pity touched him and cleansed him (Luke 5:12-14). It is the same with us. He will help us obey God, walking worthy of Him, and He’ll make us a blessing after we are cleansed.

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