Paul today reminds us what we were made for by God. We were not created for destruction. God did not make us to condemn us. We were made for salvation, made for relationship with Him.
As the statement is said, What is the chief end of man? To know God and to enjoy Him forever. That is what you
were made for. That is what I was made for. That is what each of us is made for.
To know God. And to enjoy Him now upon the earth to to enjoy Him forever in eternity. That’s our purpose in being created.
Listen to what Paul writes today in 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11:
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Now Paul reminds of two very important things this morning. First, that we receive this purpose and this benefit not through our own worth, but through all that God has done for us.
First, He created us in His image. Second, Jesus died (and rose again) for our salvation. The joy of knowing and walking with God is not because of anything we have done, it is all because of what He has done.
Jesus Christ purchased our salvation today.
That should encourage us. That should make us happy. That should fill us with joy and peace and life and just make our lives complete.
And that should then help us encourage each other. If God made me for that, He made you for that as well. And part of the reason why I am here today is to encourage you. If I’ve been saved and know His grace, part of my job isto encourage others. Help them to know that grace. That love. That mercy. That joy. Help them to know that God loves them.
So, today, you are commanded to be an encouragement to others. Who will you encourage? Who will you be an encouragement to? You’re created to know God and love Him.
Does that encourage you?
Will you use that joy you feel know to encourage others? That’s what we are here for. May we be faithful.