While I deeply want to pour over a specific passage of Scripture, this is not the day for that conversation to take place. Yesterday, we began to talk about how God is the ultimate authority in our lives. I want to continue that conversation, before we move on.
Before we can go enter the depth of this precious set of God’s commands found in 1 Thessalonians 4, we have to recognize who God is and see Him as the One in authority over our lives. He is the Supreme authority in our lives. His Voice is the only One that will matter at the end of the day.
What is Your Focus?
Knowing this means: He is designed to be the Source of our focus.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth (Col. 3:1-2, ESV).
. . . let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:1b-2).
When we have placed God in the appropriate place in our lives, as our focus, we are in the absolute best position to please Him in our lives. After all, God is after our hearts (see Matt. 22:37).
Well – Pleased
God wants to enable us to live a pleasing life. As I think about learning to please God, I am reminded of what could be our motivation. We are reminded in Zephaniah 3:17.
The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing (NKJV).
God’s love for us is personal, present in our relationship with God through Christ, and will last for eternity.
Our relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, is brand new. We have been reconciled to God. While we have our old way of life peeking into the corners of our minds and hearts, just as the Thessalonians did, God is still even more present. God is our source of strength, and He is the One leading us to a brand new way of life.
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. . . That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus (Eph. 4:17, 20-21).
At this moment, we may struggle terribly with accepting God’s authority in our lives. Perhaps, we don’t want to listen to His Voice and obey Him based on what He teaches us in His Word. While these moments are hard, they will lead us closer to the Lord. As we face decisions of listening to His Voice, let’s remember the goal: to draw near to the Lord our God who is singing and dancing over us, and wants us to experience an intimate relationship with Him!
How can you become closer to the Lord? Focus on the goal, where you are closer to your heavenly Father than you have ever been.
Feature image by Georgie Cobbs.
Until next time,