2 Thessalonians 1
11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill 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 you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s desires for those whom he had led to Christ were very specific. Along with their salvation came a calling to fulfill the good pleasures of God’s goodness and God’s work of faith with power. We have seen a cheapening of salvation leading people to get saved without any consideration of how receiving Christ changes the whole life. In fact, I have never known a genuine Christian whose whole life did not change. I have known many who professed Christ but never showed real life change; their lack of life change eventually was the demonstration of the lack of Christ in their lives thus the lack of genuine salvation.
When God saves people God changes them and gives them a whole new purpose for life. Instead of living for one’s own goals and dreams that new creature because of Christ within wants to walk worthy of the God who has saved them desiring to fulfill the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with His power. True conversion equals true change of life.
But Paul wasn’t done yet. His thought continues into verse 12 telling us why we life differently: we live differently so that the name of our new Lord, Jesus Christ, may be glorified in us and us in Him according to the grace of God and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. My friends, we do not live the Christian life to gain any points with God or with man. No, a thousand times no! God changes us so that He and His Son, the Lord Jesus, will be glorified in us. The Christian life is never about us, you see, it is all about God who works in us for His glory to show off His grace. For when others see the grace of God in us they glorify God.
If your salvation has changed you, embrace the change and thank God for it. Live the change so that others can and will see God’s glory and grace in you. When they do, point them to the same Savior who has worked so mightily in you.
Many thanks to those who worked to present our Christmas program last Sunday morning. It was a blessed time together on a very cold morning. Our children were wonderful, as they always are. We rejoiced together in the coming of Christ through Mary and His humble birth as He was laid in the manger. Thanks to the youth who worked to prepare us two songs to exalt the Lord. It was a great day for our church.
Sunday night, nine of us went to Sunrise Assisted Living to sing for the residents there. What a joy it was to us to see the joy on these dear people’s faces. We sang together, we talked about Christmas traditions, we rejoiced in our Savior’s birth and His coming as our Lord. One woman cried as we sang, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem. All of us left quite fulfilled to have been tools of God’s grace and love.
Have a great day in the Lord,