God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Thessalonians 1


To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)

You were called to a life much greater than your own.  You were called to the life of Jesus, the life of the Kingdom, a life that no longer focuses on its own glory, but strives for the glory of God.

Yet, on your own merit, you are simply not qualified for that position.

Your natural resolve is not for good, but for evil.  Your natural works aren’t ones of faith, but of selfishness.  The name you most naturally want to glorify is not the name of Jesus, but your own.

However, if you’re in Christ, everything changes!

In Christ, your work can be guided by faith and your resolve can be driven by good.

In Christ, your goals can stop being self-centered and instead become God-centered in every way.

In Christ, God’s call for you to glorify Him is no longer an unattainable goal.  Instead, it is an increasing reality.

Don’t look at your life and despair over how far you have to go.  Rejoice at how far you’ve come in Christ, and let this truth give you hope confidence to keep going: God will make you worthy of His call.

-Pastor Phillip

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