1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
2 You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. 2 We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 6 We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. 7 Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 9 Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
There’s two verses that touch my heart – one creates a pang of longing, the other a bright hope.
V4…”but we (Paul, Silas and Timothy) have been approved by God to be those who preach the gospel”
I want that approval! How do I get that approval? Or is it only for the super-apostles? Is it only the Wigglesworths, the Finney’s or the Phil Pringles of this world?
There is hope…
V12…” urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”
God has already called me! He’s called me and you to be effective in sharing this amazing message of God’s love and forgiveness through friendship with Jesus – the gospel. We’ve already got the approval- we just need to step into it. It starts with how I live my life – the Godly choices I make and ends in His glory.
Lord God, please help me live a life that’s worthy of you and Your wonderful Gospel and speak as one who is approved. Amen.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen