March 31, 2021 – Wednesday
1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 NIV
10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,
12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
Yesterday’s verses, 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7, You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia we wondered how we might imitate Paul and Silas. In today’s verses we have answers.
When Paul writes of how he and Silas were holy, righteous, and blameless among you who believed, he was speaking primarily of how they did not require financial support as other missionaries did. They demanded nothing while doing everything in their power to give the Thessalonians the gospel. This set them apart from all others who demanded support. Paul and Silas just wanted jobs so they would not be burden and to set an example for those who believed the good news they brought to them.
Beyond simply bringing the word, they also deal with them as a father would with his own children. And what does a father do? He encourages, comforts and urges his children to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory. Just as Paul and Silas live holy, righteous, and blameless lives, He told the Thessalonians they could and should live the same kind of lives, as imitators of them. Their lives and message were reliable examples across the board of their lives for the Thessalonians to examine.
Jesus would also be an example to them as both Paul and Silas would speak about God humbling Himself to come as a man and to further humble Himself to the cross and its dreadful death. The example of His humility at the last supper when He washed the feet of His disciples. And even on the cross when He made this plea, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. Jesus set the perfect example. Paul and Silas did their best to follow in His footsteps. When we are not sure how to follow in Jesus’s footsteps, there are always Paul’s and Silas’ examples to follow.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for reminding me how people listen best when they know we care for them. Let my actions reflect caring for others to further the sharing of Your Word. – In Jesus Name. Amen.