A Life Worthy of God
October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
In 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, Paul’s great concern is to maintain the relationship he has forged with his readers by reminding them about the time he spent with them in the past. To this end, he gave them concrete examples as proofs that demonstrate he and his companions came as God’s emissaries and were not seeking their own glory (2:4). In doing so, he focuses on his integrity in his relationship to them. But he also shifts the focus to them by encouraging them to live their own lives of integrity in relationship with God. He calls this integrity “a life worthy of God” (2:12). If God is a trustworthy God, then our response should be likewise. Living a life worthy of God can obviously mean many things, but in the next verse there is a clear connection with how the Word of God is received. He says, “when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers” (2:13). No integrity is possible without allowing the Word of God to transform your life as the true Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.