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Pleasing to God

(1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

Lesson 2 -- third quarter 2010
June 13, 2010

by Mark Roth
© Copyright 2010

Introductory questions to chew

What does it take to dissuade me from speaking the Gospel of God?

What motivates my interaction with people?

Am I careful enough to avoid making myself burdensome to those I serve?

What witness do God and others give of my behavior?

Have I purposed to "walk worthy of God" today?

Witnesses of My Behavior

I try to be consistent in my living. No matter where I am. No matter with whom I am. At least that's what I tell myself. And others also.

But can I have the boldness and certainty that Paul expresses in 1 Thessalonians 2:10?

"Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe."

I'm not the only witness of my behavior!

I want God to have the freedom to work in me so effectively and so surely that the result in me is a life consistently pleasing to Him.

Help Me Today

I am thankful, yet not nearly thankful enough.

Though that is true in a general sense, right now I have in mind this verse fragment:

"God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory" (1 Thessalonians 2:12).

Me? Me! Called by God Himself to share in His kingdom and glory. Wow!

May I remember that today. And give thanks.

May I remember that today. And focus on Him and His calling.

May I remember that today. And live in His glory and for His kingdom.

Or as the first part of the verse puts it....

"That ye would walk worthy of God."

For that I desperately need His help.

But I'll forget. I know I will. I always do.

Even for that I need His help. That's OK. That's how it's supposed to be!

This concludes my comments based on the passage for the International Bible Study. To read my comments on the alternate lesson developed by Christian Light Publications, click here: Serving the Lord Acceptably.

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