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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Leviticus 19:32-34 “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
Luke 6:27-31 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”