Wednesday, March 20
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
1 For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our visit with you was not without result. 2 On the contrary, after we had previously suffered and were treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, we were emboldened by our God to speak the gospel of God to you in spite of great opposition. 3 For our exhortation didn’t come from error or impurity or an intent to deceive. 4 Instead, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please people, but rather God, who examines our hearts. 5 For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives—God is our witness— 6 and we didn’t seek glory from people, either from you or from others. 7 Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles, instead we were gentle among you, as a nurse nurtures her own children. 8 We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 9 For you remember our labor and hardship, brothers and sisters. Working night and day so that we would not burden any of you, we preached God’s gospel to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly we conducted ourselves with you believers. 11 As you know, like a father with his own children, 12 we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to live worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
Because no one really knew what to make of the apostles, they were often accused of impure motives. That makes sense, doesn’t it? We’re so used to people who seem to have pure motives being ultimately found to be a fraud. This isn’t a new idea. However, the apostle Paul here appeals to his work as revealing his pure motives. Verse 8 is key - he didn’t just teach truth, he shared his life with them. Because he loved these people so much he told them the truth, ate meals with them, and gave them insight into his true self. He had nothing to hide. And, when someone lives like this for long enough, it is only right to feel closely connected to them.
Father, make my motives pure, and reveal them to those around me by the way that I live. Help me share who I really am with those around me today.
Am I truly living an honest life? Are there people around me I value so much and who value me so much that I can live authentically? If not, how can I find them?
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.