(1 Thessalonians 4:1-12) – “excel still more…”
Earlier this morning, I was reminded of a verse by a good friend of mine. He read an expounded version of it that speaks to what Paul is encouraging the Thessalonians towards.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].” (1 Cor. 15:58)
Paul knew that this church was being obedient, but there is always more that can be done.
This is not a demand upon the personal willpower of the Christian, but rather a admonition to more deeply trust in the Lord for His equipping power and strength.
In and through us, “He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or imagine, according to the power at work in us.” (Eph. 3:20)
The “neutral” position in driving can quickly speed you up or slow you down. In either case, it’s happening because of an outside force. You are not in control over the car as much as is possible.
Think of it this way…always keep your life in “drive” for the Lord. Keep your foot on the gas and don’t let up. Keep moving forward. Never settle, never hit cruise, never go in neutral.
It’s this attitude that not only keeps us from sin, but pushes us to live a life like Jesus! We should not be only doing what we can, but what we should!
I want to be like Enoch, who kept pressing forward with the Lord until the only next step to get closer to God was by leaving earth to be ushered into His presence.
For many of us, there are several more years until that time. So while we have breath in our lungs, let’s excel still more for the Lord!