June 1st, 2019
Pressed Them to Walk Worthy
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (KJB) As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
There are three words Paul used to describe the appeal and spiritual personality of the men preaching among the Thessalonian brethren.
These words are exhorted, comforted, and charged.
Their preaching was encouraging, consoling, and finally pleaded with the hearts of the people to walk worthy according to the estimation of God. It is walking with a heartfelt call made in love for reaching hearts with urgency for walking with Christ. Further, this walk is not to be made with spiritually heavy hearts as is done by those who are not satisfied with their lot in life. Nor is it to be attempted by hearts which are delicate, fragile, and wounded by the darkness of this world.
This message was to be presented by hearts that were built up, spiritually fortified, and encouraged hearts. These Thessalonian hearts were filled, bound, and sealed with the truths and expectations of God. God called them, and you and I into service for illustrating to others His will and way. He did not call any person to service to do it their way. Or serve Him in any the ways and traditions of man.
Since the beginning, God has called every heart to serve Him with reverence, worthiness, and honor. Yes, God desires hearts be set aside for Him. Giving Him all the glory and honor, rather than pointing to self or others. God desires that hearts serving and savoring Him walk worthy, just as a child is to walk worthy with his father in this word.
Walking worthy means to allow God to stand alone in first place in our life. It includes a natural desire to live and preach the character and personality of God with spiritual fervor to lost hearts. It is like a godly father doting on his children with the best of the best direction and desires he is able to show them by example with his life as he sojourns in this world.