Today’s Reading | 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
How do you feel about where you are spiritually right now? What words would you use to describe your walk with God? Have you seen growth over the past few months? In what specific areas have you seen that growth? Today, Paul reminds us of the need to keep growing in our relationship with God and not be satisfied with where we presently are. In verse one, Paul wrote that he knew the Thessalonians were living a life that pleased God. Keep in mind that this wasn’t their opinion of themselves, but was the Apostle Paul’s opinion. We can assume from this that their lives did please God. Notice though, what he wrote next. He told them to continue, “more and more.” Even though they were living godly lives, Paul encouraged them to work harder at it. Likewise you should not be satisfied with living the life you now live, even if it is pleasing to God. Make it even more pleasing to God. We must never become satisfied with our spiritual lives. In order to please God, it is necessary that we continually examine our lives and improve in areas that are lacking. You may be doing well now, but there is always room to improve.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?