Sunday, April 22, 2007

1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 --- The Way We Live Matters

10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

It almost seems incredible and arrogant that Paul can make a statement about how holy righteous and blameless he, Silas and Timothy lived when they were in Thessalonica. You don’t hear many people making such statements today. I think it is so important that we truly live out who we are in Christ and that this will be reflected in a life that has the characteristics of holiness, righteousness, and blamelessness. Paul is indicating that the way they lived among them was a powerful witness. We need to learn from Paul and his crew. We need to live out our faith in real ways. We need our outward lifestyle and actions to be a reflection of who we are in Christ. Why, because the way we live and what we do is a witness of who Christ is and what it means to be a follower of Christ. The way we live matters.

While the second half of this passage wasn’t written for the express purpose of teaching us how to parent our children, it did seriously challenge me in this area. Do I deal with my children in this manner? Is my parenting characterized by encouragement, comfort, and a daily urging of my kids to live lives worthy of God? Parenting is an awesome responsibility and blessing. It is our job to urge our children to live lives worthy of God. We can do this through encouragement and comfort. However, looking back at verse 10 it indicates that a very important ingredient is that we ourselves live lives that are worthy of God. We need to show our children how to do this by being an example and living this way ourselves. The way we live will be the most powerful witness. Just as the way Paul, Silas, and Timothy lived was a powerful witness to the Thessalonians. The way we live matters.

Lord, continue to sanctify me. Continue to make me a more compassionate, kind, and patient person. I truly want to encourage, comfort, and urge my children to live lives worthy of God. I also want to do this for others: family, friends, those I meet and those I minister to. Lord, may my witness become one that can be daily characterized by a lifestyle of holiness, righteousness and living blamelessly. This only will happen in you, through you, and as I respond to you. You are the change agent. God, I want this so that you will be glorified. I understand that the way I live matters.

1 comment:

Mark Miller said...

I will be blogging live from the q conference this week. Check it out