2 Thessalonians 1: 11-12 (NLT)
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. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Paul’s introductions are almost a sermon in themselves. He writes, “we keep praying for you”. Let me ask you today, who is praying for you and who are you praying for?
Then Paul gives us a great prayer to pray: “many he give you his power to accomplish everything he has called you to do.” The key to not burning out is to only do what he prompts.
We have enough energy to accomplish God’s will for our lives.
By doing this He receives honor and so do we!
I love the ending of this passage, “This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
The word grace is the same word from which we get the word charity. Charity comes from the word grace — charis — charismatic. A charismatic person, a lot of times, means they are real flashy or flamboyant, an attractive personality.
Jesus was and is a charismatic person. Literally in Greek it means they are gracious. Full of grace. Paul uses this word over a hundred times in his letters.
All that I am or ever hope to be. My salvation, forgiveness of sins, hope for the future, today’s needs be met, all that I have and all that I hope for. Heaven at the end of our lives. Healing or wholeness, freedom from sin or addiction. Every answered prayer. Even the right to pray and be heard is all made possible through the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.
The “ most interesting” guy on TV says, “stay thirsty my friends, stay thirsty.” I am saying, stay gracious my friends, stay gracious!
I love you, have a great week!