Paul tells us in Thessalonians today to live a good life.
Gulp. That sounds hard. That sounds like it might be impossible. That sounds like it might be too much. I’m not sure I want to do that.
I mean, a good life? Does that mean I have to be perfect? Move to Africa? Do everything right? I can’t do all that! If that’s what a good life is then I can’t do it.
Before we go down the road of what a good life may look like, let’s see what Paul actually says today. Listen to what he writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
Simple things. Honest things. Good things.
God doesn’t expect greatness out of us. He expects faithfulness. And if we are faithful, He will take care of the greatness. He will take our faithfulness and make it great.
The key to a good life is be faithful in the small things. Your work. Your school. Your family. Your friendships. Your prayer life. Your study. Be faithful in the common, every day things.
And God will make it great.
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