Turning . . . Serving . . . Waiting
"For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10)
Let's read what Paul wrote to the Thessalonian believers: "And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." (vv. 6-10). The lives of these believers could be summed up in three words: "Turning . .serving ..Waiting." Let's look at each, and see what we can learn. (1) Turning. Repentance means doing an about-face turn. It calls for renouncing and forsaking your carnal thought patterns and self-indulgent ways. (2) Serving. Try serving others rather than expecting they will to serve you. At the end of each day, pray, "Lord, how well did I serve You today?" For its in serving others that you serve Him. (3) Waiting. If you knew for sure Jesus was coming back tomorrow, what would you do differently today? Would it change your habits, your words, your attitudes? Some of us live our lives as if Christ had changed His mind about coming back again. Make no mistake—He is! Don't be caught off guard. Endeavor to live each day in the light of His soon return. Doing that will rearrange your priorities!
"For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection." (Romans 6:5)
By the power of the resurrection of Christ, we are freed from the horrible bondage of sin. Incredible! We are united with the Creator of both heaven and earth and transformed into His likeness of righteousness. Our sin was crucified with Christ Jesus and we now hold the remarkable privilege of being called His children. May our loving Father be glorified for His indescribable kindness and faithfulness.
Week #32 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 25-27
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 1-4
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 93-95
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 16
Thursday: (Prophecy) Daniel 1-6
Friday: (Gospels) John 3-4
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Thessalonians