Daily D – 2 Thessalonians 1:11
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 2 THESSALONIANS 1:11 (NLT)
There is a fairly new news organization called Axios (axios.com). Check out how they operate:
- We don’t have an editorial page and we don’t pick sides with partisan opinion. Our view: There is enough noise and our job is to sort through this.
- Axios employees refrain from taking partisan positions or sides on social media and in public forums. It’s one small but worthy step we can take to gain and keep trust.
- We believe truth and facts exist and must be highlighted, repeated, defended and cherished in our journalism.
This sounds refreshing, worthy of our attention. The Greek word axios means worthy. It is the word in the middle of the Bible verse above.
The Apostle Paul tells his friends in Thessalonica how he is praying for them. He asks God to enable or empower them to live lives worthy of his call. He wants these believers who are flourishing in their faith (v. 3) to continue doing so. He wants them to align their lives with God’s direction and to attune their hearts with God’s love.
He wants them to live in congruence with God’s good intentions for them. Imagine what a different world it would be if we lived in full agreement with God regarding what is good, right, just, and fair. Imagine what it would be like if we lived in full harmony with God and with others who seek to know and experience him. Imagine what it would be like if each person used his God-given wisdom, power, and abilities to build a better world.
These are the kinds of requests our Father in heaven loves to answer with his emphatic Yes!
God’s call on each of our lives expresses itself to the good of all people and to his glory. People see how good God is when we live in congruence with him, his will, and his ways.
This is a good prayer. Who can you pray for like this today? Ask God to empower that person to live in congruence with him and with other believers. Ask God to empower them to live out what he is working into them. Ask God to empower them to become change agents who build a better world that is increasingly more like heaven on earth.
The truest value of our lives comes from joining God in what he is doing all around us to breathe life and to create peace.
What God thing will you ask God to empower you for today?
I will pray for others what I pray for myself that we may together live lives worthy of his calling.
Our Father, I want to live worthy of your call. Empower me to accomplish all you have set before me. May this be true for all of us who belong to you so that others may see how good you are and come to know you and experience you for themselves. Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.