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. 1 Thessalonians 2:12
Live your life in a way that God would consider worthy. Let’s talk about that for a minute. What is worthy? Worthy is of worth or valuable. What does God consider valuable? So I started looking up scripture on worth and value and not surprisingly what God values is not the same thing that we as people value as a whole. Matt. 6:26, Matt. 10:31, Matt. 12:12, Luke 12:7, Luke 12:24 all talk about what Jesus said was valuable, that is people. My conclusion is that in order to live a life in a way that God would consider worthy would be living a life of loving others. It makes sense because that is what God does: He loves people. As messed up, degenerate and evil as people can be, God not only loves them, but He sent His only son to rescue them. Not just what we would consider to be the good ones, but all people. Anyone who has blood pumping through their veins, Jesus came to pay their debt.
I am so thankful that He did! I too was once a file and dirty sinner, but now thanks to the blood of Jesus, 2 Corinthians 5:21 says I am the righteousness of God! Not because of anything I have done except, received the gift of salvation that He gave. It’s the same way with everyone on the planet. Anyone who will turn around from the direction they are heading to look toward God (repent), ask for His forgiveness and receive the washing of the blood, can have His gift of salvation too. So why do we look at lost, sinful people with disdain and contempt because they sin? They are sinners and that’s what sinners do, sin!
Now comes the difficult thing to write. If we are going to live life in a way that God would consider worthy or valuable, we are going to have to start loving people the way God loves them . . . unconditionally and compassionately. Not the sin, but the sinner. Not by telling them how wrong they are behaving, but by telling them how much God loves them and you love them.
The last part of the verse tells us what we have been called to and that is to share in His kingdom and glory. We have been called to share God’s love with all people, sinners included and when we do that God shares His Kingdom and His glory with us! Glory to God!
Today I want to encourage you because we are living in a very messed up world with some very messed up people. Let’s not add to the chaos. Instead, let’s be the solution! It is the reason Jesus established the church. We are the salt, the preserver. We have to start loving people. It doesn’t have to be hard or far reaching, just start with your friends, relatives and neighbors. Stop focusing on the differences and start focusing on the solution. The love of God! Reach into this broken world with the hands and feet of Jesus and take the gift of love to all within your influence.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:12-16
If you have never received God’s gift of love, pray this prayer from your heart today. Jesus will come into your heart and into your life and fill you with His worth and value:
God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive me for my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him form the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father. I also ask for Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus name, Amen