Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Until you finish college, you don’t realize how much of your life has been structured up to that point (at least I didn’t). Classes ended every semester, summer breaks came every year, and there was an ebb and flow to it all. Classes that were bad ended eventually, internships that were incredible came to completion; everything had a season. When I graduated in 2012 I had the world in front of me, and I felt I could do almost anything. So I set out to become the next big thing (whatever that was) and I looked forward to ‘checkpoints of time.’ I knew that soon I would be in my dream job. August came and went, Thanksgiving passed as did Christmas of that first year. No job offers, no opportunities to apply, and only a handful of interviews.
“But wait, I’m a Christian! I should have something by now, surely! I mean, I’m seeking God’s will for my life!” My flesh tortured me with negativity and doubt. I was waiting for God to create a yellow brick road before me. I wanted to know my whole path. I wasn’t interested in this ‘faith’ thing or ‘trusting’ stuff that people close to me were pushing on me. I agonized over the uncertainty in front of me and I wanted God to show me His will. I wanted to know what God wanted for me.
Verse 4:3a: For this is the will of God, your sanctification.
The Thessalonians were getting it right – they were filled with the Holy Spirit in a powerful way. The joy they had was overflowing and changed the people around them. This was God’s will for them: for them to walk with Him and please Him. They were becoming sanctified, becoming holy. Paul laid out what this would look like for the Thessalonians and what it should look like for us. By abstaining from sexual immorality, practicing brotherly love and building up one another. God didn’t redeem us for impurity, but for holiness!
Remember today that God has a perfect will for your life. He may not reveal it all to you at once, but know that His desire for you is to become sanctified. I learned to trust God and have faith that my pursuit of Him would bring me to where He wanted me to be.
Posted: Alex Boswell, Richmond Campus Worship Intern