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A Life of Example

2 Thessalonians 3:9

Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

 

Paul reminds the Christians that he never threw his weight of authority around, he led by example. He had authority and influence, but he lead by example. So now he is asking them to follow his example. 

And the best way to lead is always by example. We are told in 1 Peter 5:1-4 to lead by example, not with an iron fist or demanding anything. Sadly we have to demand and throw our weight around because we do not live a life of example. If we live how we are supposed to live than our lives will speak much louder than a mere demand.

 

 

 

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What only God can Do

2 Thessalonians 3:1

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

 

Paul asks the good people of Thessalonica that they would pray for him. That they would pray that God would give him favor with others as God did with them in Thessalonica, that he would have open access to preaching the Gospel and open hearts to receiving the Gospel. It is God who has the power to open and close doors. It is God who could move the heart of a king. It is God who can calm the storms. It is God who can give favor in the eyes of others. It is God who can give all wisdom, power and strength. So Paul pleads that they ask God to do the work that Paul cannot do. 

And so we must realize the same, that it is God that can do what we cannot do. If we are going to a advance, God is the one who is going to have to bless. No efforts from a man can equal what God can do. We need God’s hep. 

 

 

Don’t be Easily Moved

2 Thessalonians 2:2

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

 

Paul is revisiting the topic of the Lord’s coming but this time he confronts it a little differently. Apparently there have been either doubts or people teaching other things, but Paul exhorts them to not be moved, easily shaken or troubled. They should not worry about what other people say, they know the truth about the Lord coming back. 

And in every area of life, we as well should not be easily shaken in mind or troubled by what we here, we know the truth and that is enough. May we move forward with what we know and stop fretting about what we do not know.

 

A Live and Thriving Christian

2 Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

 

Throughout these two letters, I do not believe we see any reprimanding or correcting from Paul. This is an exemplary church. Now Paul says that he thinks God for the faith and love that these people have. It appears that both their faith and their love continue growing. 

So many times I have had moments that I remember and can rejoice in of how I had big faith or great love, but sadly those are more the exception not the rule. 

It appears that these Christians consistently had faith and love. It grew and abounded. 

As a Christian, we should have faith and love towards God and towards others, but it should be growing, not staying the same. May I deepen the roots of my faith in and towards God as well as my love for others. That’s an exemplary Christian! 

 

He is Faithful

1 Thessalonians 5:24

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 

 

I love this verse! I am taught that God calls and God sustains his call. We as children of God are called to him for his service and when he calls us to him, he will take care of us. When he begins something, he always completes it (Philippians 1:6). He is faithful.

 

 

 

 

Do it Some More

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

 

The people of this church were examples, they received the word, they loved others, they had great faith and much more. This was an exemplary church. I’ll tells them to comfort each other and edify each other, apparently something that they are already doing, Yep Paul exhorts them that they continue. In previous chapters, he said they had faith in love and get the urge them to continue having faith and love. Now he recommends them for comforting and edifying each other, but he tells them to continue on. 

And it is good that we have helped others and edified others at different times, but we cannot just have stories and memories of what we have done in the past – we must continue comforting and edifying other children of God. May we consistently find ways to comfort and edify people that God places in our path.

 

The Lord’s Return

1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

 

At any Moment – vs 2

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

 

Paul had just told the Christians about the rapture (just verses prior) and now he tells them that it will be soon. Christ’ coming will be like a thief in the night. No one expects a thief, he comes at the least expected time. Paul is stating that it is going to happen and warning them that it can happen at any moment. He says that they know perfectly about that day. They know it is going to happen. 

And the exact same could be said of us. We know that our Lord is coming back. We know it will be soon and at any moment. But just because we know it does not mean we are truly ready for it. May we live expecting, both by our actions and our life.

 

 

Does not have to Take us by Surprise – vs 4

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 

 

These Christians knew better, they were not in darkness about the subject of Christ coming. 

And so we today are not in darkness either. We’ve heard messages preached, we’ve read the Bible and heard others talk about Christ coming. We know he is coming, we are not in darkness and it does not have to take a surprise. 

 

 

Action Steps – vs 6

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

 

Now that Paul has made them aware and reminded them that they know our Lord is coming back, it gives them the action step. I’ll tell them it is time to wake up, begin watching and be sober.

Asleep – so many times we are sleep spiritually, not thinking about or caring about what reality is. It’s time to wake up.

Watch – open arise, quit focusing on the wrong things and ignoring what is right in front of our eyes. Be attentive. 

Be Sober – this is the opposite of being drunk. We are not to allow our minds, heart or bodies to be controlled by any other thoughts, we are to be sober. We are told to be sober because the devil wants to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8), and now we are told to be sober because our Lord is coming back at any time.