Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4
I think its amazing how many watches or other devices can count each step you take during the day and give you feedback. They can even provide you with goals and/or acknowledge your accomplishments. What if these watches could give you feedback on how you were living your life for Christ? Wow! If you were given reflections of each step, what did these steps look like? What about when I rise? What are some of the first things I do? Do I put on God’s Armor? Ephesians 6:10-18 Do I praise God or thank Him for His grace? Ephesians 1:6 Do I submit the day to Him? James 4:7 As I take each step how is my day filled? What are my actions, words, thoughts? How do you end your day? Do I have a thankful, grateful heart? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Now just think, that is one day. Add a week, a month, a year. How has God changed your life? Paul convicts, challenges, and encourages me to make my walk with God progressive and more Christ centered each day.
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
God provides us with all the instructions we need. His living word gives us an example of how to live. Think of how Paul instructs timothy in 1 Timothy 4 Now as I sit in Brooklyn with our own Spread Truth Ministries or at home in Bloomington-Normal it can be easy to allow my earthly desires and cultural influences to flood our minds. But here or at home I know we need to always read, apply, and pray to do my best to follow and listen. Jeremiah 33:3
Now as we walk through our lives no matter where we are at, I pray that we just live and show the simple act of love. Love on all people daily. Follow God’s instructions to lead.
1 Thessalonians 4:2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
What we do and don’t do every step matters. I pray that as we walk this journey together each step is closer to God. It’s not always the number of steps, but what you do in those steps. Let’s walk together closer to God each day!