1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
“But we urge you beloved, to do so more and more (love one another), to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.”
O Lord, as I read this passage in your holy Word, it was a reminder to me yet again- my purpose here- just as Jesus lived each day of his life- is simply to point others to you. It is not for my fame, or my glory- but all, ever, only for my King. And my mind floats to thoughts of Phil. 2, which my Bible calls Imitating Christ’s humility- and the way that passage strikes me every time- that the Son of God did not take what he thought he deserved or take advantage of his “connections” like so many in our world do, but Jesus emptied himself, became a slave to death, for us. For the very ones shouting, “Crucify him!”
As I ponder all you have done, my heart wells with joy, love, and peace. I am reminded of the hope I have in you, and I am touched in my spirit by that longing for my eternal home. Sometimes it is so hard to remember, so hard to let go of all this bombardment of the senses in this temporal world, and reach for my home with you. Thank you for small moments when I see glimpses of what is to come, and my heart draws strength. You strengthen me according to your Word. Blessed be your Name in all the earth. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.