1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
It is very easy for us to get caught up in wondering what the will of God for our life is. Where should we live, work, find community? Who should we marry, vote for, make friends with?
Life is full of important decisions! And we should absolutely include God in these choices, seeking His face first as we plan our steps. However, one thing I have found helpful is understanding that the will of God is found in upholding the ways of God, as I once heard a preacher say.
This passage gives a good indication of the way God wants us to live. Loving the people around us more and more all the time. Upholding an unassuming life and not being idle. Using the skills and gifts God has given us and living in a way that draws respect from those around us.
When we are able to submit to God like this, keeping our hearts soft to Him, we are able to be led by Him. He will show us His will for our lives as we make choices that honour who He is and the way He calls us to live.
God, thank you that you do have a good plan for each of our lives. Thank you that you don’t hide yourself from us. Help us to remember that the best way to make sure we are following your will in our lives is to live in the ways that you call us to, day by day. Amen.
Written by Ps. Madelaine Tarsenko