1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Psalm 101


As mentioned in yesterday's devotional, Paul treats these Thessalonians as mature believers. In fact he knows that they have been taught by God “to love each other” (1 Thessalonians 4:10) and they are also walking in obedience. Still Paul wants them to do more. What could be more than loving the family of God? The answer is: “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life” (1 Thessalonians 4:11) That doesn't seem too ambitious until we understand that this means that people are to remain faithful in their work without being recognition seekers. It is the paradoxical reality that we showcase the goodness of our Gospel when we seek to be noticed least. Love for our neighbors outside the church often means that we don't spend our time working for their accolades, but quietly do what is best for our communities. In working faithfully, Paul still sees that this is the best way “win the respect of outsiders”. (1 Thessalonians 4:12) So, as Paul would say to the Thessalonians, dear brothers and sisters, turn your hands to good work this week without desire for praise and in so doing show the sufficiency of your Christ.