Making Him Known
Examining God's Word truth by truth so that we can intimately know Him and make Him known.
What is the most important thing in your life? What is your priority? Show me how you begin your day, and I’ll tell you what your priorities are. The way you start your day will affect the end of your day. Doing this one thing changed my life and it will change yours too.
In 2 Thessalonians Paul warns us about living an undisciplined life. Did he mean we should avoid stopping for that chocolate donut on the way to work every morning? Or perhaps he meant we should be sure we get that much coveted 8 hours of “beauty” sleep every night? Or maybe, he was suggesting we remain committed to the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year? Indeed, avoiding temptation, taking care of ourselves, and sticking to goals involve discipline, but the kind of discipline Paul talks about in 2 Thessalonians 3 is much more than that. Let’s take a look at what Paul meant by leading an undisciplined life.
The Thessalonians had been deceived. Someone or something convinced them that Jesus had already come, leaving them behind. Being left behind probably wasn’t hard for them to accept as the truth, considering the tribulation and testing they were going through. Their trying circumstances made it easier for them to believe the lie. We don’t know for sure who or by what means they were deceived, but we can be sure that whether through a letter or a person, Satan was behind the deception.
Most of us have been “done wrong” at one time or another and, more than likely, have at least toyed with the idea of revenge. No doubt, the idea of making someone suffer for our suffering is sometimes tempting, but God clearly states in Deuteronomy 32:35 that vengeance is His and His alone. No matter how tempting it is, we should not try to take things into our own hands. We must wait. God’s vengeance may not always be when we’d like, but it is always just, and it is always final. Eventually, God will ensure that there will be no rest for the wicked.
Second Thessalonians might be only three chapters but don’t let its length fool you; it is full of hidden treasures just waiting for you to discover! But before you dive in to look for the gems, first get your feet wet with some introductory information that will help you appreciate even more the riches you are about to discover!
The Church is God’s army. Its primary mission is to take the Good News of Jesus to the world and make disciples not by force but by influence and love. God calls His soldiers to walk in a manner worthy of Him, to be set apart, and to live holy lives. He calls us to love, do good, and have an attitude of gratitude. Paul ends his first letter to the Thessalonians by summarizing principles he touched on earlier in the letter, ways in which the Thessalonians could be good soldiers. Find our more.