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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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”