Purpose of signs: Living to God

Daniel prayed
Daniel praying

We shall increase our focus on this subject through reading the Word of God so we can live wisely in dangerous time, knowing that the Lord Jesus’ return is closer than before just as the Apostles had remarked and taught. What does God look for and what is His will? In previous posts we read that He wants godliness and holiness. He is holy. He is also our Father in heaven. Godliness means we shall be like Him just as Jesus has told His disciples. Today we read from 1 Thessalonians how to please God in our daily living.

Take heed that there are no cliches in Christendom. In the world, there is a norm of man-defined practices driven by the pursuit of instant gratification and external pleasure linked to the senses. Christians pursue another realm of happiness -God’s realm. God’s holy word defines the parameters and brings us to God’s realm. Because God’s word are life and spirit and God is the God of the living, every individual Christian lives before the living God and interacts with Him Who permeates every aspect of our lives. Reading God’s Word, we have to admit that there is no option for Christians to pursue anything different from God’s realm and His definition of happiness.

I pray that each of us stay focused on this pursuit more and more just as Jesus has commanded through the apostles in the Scripture. Seeing the signs of time should spur us to seriously look at all aspects of our lives. Apostle Peter in old age has given his heart-felt admonition: Each is to examine oneself “what manner of persons ought I to be in holy conduct and godliness…” (2 Peter 3:11)

Summary: These instructions are given by the authority of Jesus through the apostles.

  1. God wants us to live a life that pleases Him. Mere doing is not enough. God wants us to know Him and be like Him more and more.
  2. It is God’s will that we be sanctified: Avoid sexual immorality; keep the body pure, holy and honorable by learning to control it against immoral lust practiced by those who do not believe in God.
  3. God has given each believer the Holy Spirit to enable us to do and fulfill the above requirement that involves our body and soul (mind, emotion, mood, the sensual and senses).
  4. God wants us to live a quiet and peaceful working life.

1 Thessalonians 4:4-10 New International Version (NIV)

LIVING TO PLEASE GOD

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

BODY AND SOUL TO BE MADE HOLY AND TO STAY PURE FOR GOD -BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.

WISELY CONDUCT OUR DAILY WORKING LIVES AND INTERACTIONS WITH OUTSIDERS: keep in peace, live a quiet life; mind your own business; do your own work. Be self-supporting. Note that respect must be earned. No short-cut.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 and to make it your ambition to live quietly and peacefully, and to mind your own affairs and work with your hands, just as we directed you, 12 so that you will behave properly toward outsiders [exhibiting good character, personal integrity, and moral courage worthy of the respect of the outside world], and be dependent on no one and in need of nothing [be self-supporting].