1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
PAUL URGES THEM TO MAKE CONTINUED PROGRESSS.
Now that he has taught them how to walk to please God and to walk in the Spirit. He exhorts them to go even further and continue to make progress. That is the key to the Christian life today – continue to make progress, no matter where you are in your Christian walk.
Our attitude ought always to be, “speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth.”What I am saying is that pleasing God ought to be our highest purpose because it brings joy and blessings. Walking always implies that progress is being made, while standing still can be very risky. We must go from strength to strength in our walk with God.
Paul has reminded them and us that we must “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”
Here is a wonderful thought, the grace of God will always abound without limit, because He “giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not”James 1:5.
So that simply means that we must abound more and more in our daily walk and progress with God.
THREE PRACTICAL LESSONS:
- Do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Remember that along with knowledge also comes responsibility.
- Strive to make progress in all Christian virtues: faith, hope,love, humility patience, etc.
Again, knowledge is great, but without practical Bible application it is vain.