Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Are We Worthy?

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12  (11)  Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:  (12)  That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

            Paul, in this Epistle to the Thessalonians, relays that he (Paul) and others are in continual (always) prayer for them.

1 Timothy 2:1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

God commands us to pray [ask] for others.  (Prayer is an “under used” privilege God has given to us through His Son Jesus The Christ.)  In Paul’s writing, he is begging (I exhort) us to pray.  We are to pray for ourselves, but we must include others. 

1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

We are to pray often.  God knows we must work for a living, and cannot (safely) always be on our knees, (but we must be “ready” to pray always.)
            Our scriptures tell us the “Why?”  As a Christian, we need to be “count[ed] … worthy.”

2 Thessalonians 1:5  Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

Being “counted worthy” is our “visible work” showing that God is in us, and we can reflect Him to others.  And “our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you.”  (Our daily walk, and our daily talk as a Christian is to Glorify God.)

Romans 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  (2)  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

These verses from The Book of Romans are our “roadmap” for “our walk” with Jesus.  (God shows us our “reasonable service.”  In His “mercies,” He shows us “how and where” to walk.) 
            “Is your “reasonable service” showing up at the Church (you claim membership) on Easter and Christmas, maybe also Mothers Day?  Or, do you “show up” faithfully at Church, but your wallet has never tasted “the fresh air” of the Church?”   (You refuse to tithe or support World Wide Missions.)
            “What do you believe God expects as your reasonable service?”

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts

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