Thursday, March 21
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
13 This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the word of God, which also works effectively in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, since you have also suffered the same things from people of your own country, just as they did from the Jews 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us. They displease God and are hostile to everyone, 16 by keeping us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. As a result, they are constantly filling up their sins to the limit, and wrath has overtaken them at last.
In verse 13 we read that these early Christians listened to a message spoken by a human and received it as a message from God. That’s incredible when you think about it. They believed it so much that they were willing to suffer from the hands of those who did not believe it. Why would someone suffer for what they believe unless they believed it was true on the deepest level? This is how we should think about what we read in the Bible.
Father, these are Your words that I read today. Cause them to sink deep within me.
Am I really basing my entire life on the Word of God? Or have I allowed other messages to be at the heart of what I think and act upon every day? If so, what are those messages that have meant more to me lately?
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.