We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.1 Thessalonians 2:12
In the verses before this verse, Paul recalls his visit to the Thessalonians and reminds them of how much he cares for the people. He had previously been to Philippi and had been treated very poorly; he was met with great opposition. So he reassures these people that when he visited them, he was not trying to trick them, but instead, he was sharing the Good News about Jesus and the great things Jesus had done. He was a walking testimony for Jesus, a messenger. He reminds them in this verse how he pleaded with them, encouraged them, and urged them to live a life set apart for God. He reminded them of the calling they had received through Jesus.
We can listen to his reminders as well. God wants us, as Christians, to live a life that is set apart for the Gospel of Christ. Everywhere we go, we should bear the name of Jesus and want to share how He has affected our lives. He has given us a calling to share in His kingdom and glory and to live in that kingdom here on earth. In other words, live like you are saved! Live like you have a greater calling in your life!
A Prayer to Remember
Thank you for placing your calling of salvation over my life. You have saved me and set me apart for something greater. May I live a life that is glorifying to you. Amen.