Chapter-a-Day 1 Thessalonians 4

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Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT)

When I was young and a new believer, a string of events led me to an after school job working for a gentleman named Chuck. It was not long before Chuck realized that I was a new follower of Jesus. He invited me to meet with him on Tuesday mornings at 6:00 a.m. in his office. We went through a series of Bible studies together, and Chuck taught me the importance of memorizing verses from God’s Message.

What’s your verse for the day?” was one of Chuck’s favorite questions. There was a period of time when he asked everyone this question everyday. He annoyed people with it. In fact, one could argue that in picking out of the verse(s) each day for these blog posts are me continuing to answer his incessant question some thirty years ago.

Some verses are more than verses for a day, however. They grow roots into your heart and soul and bear luscious fruit in your life. So it is with this verse from today’s chapter. It began digging into the core of my spirit about 20 years ago and has become one of a handful of “Life verses” onto which I cling and on which I’ve sculpted my life.

These verses from today’s chapter have inspired and convicted me to talk less and listen more. They have constantly reminded me that I am called to “mind my business,” which doesn’t just mean to keep my nose out of others business, but to mind my own affairs consciously and deliberately. As a young man and to this day, these verses have inspired me to increasingly live in a way that I am God’s man, but also my own man – cutting apron strings, living independently, making difficult decisions, following the path laid out for me while weaning myself from needing the provision or approval of others.

One of the many ancillary benefits from this journey through God’s message is that we stumble upon nuggets from God’s Message that become important to our day, our week, our month, our year, our life.

What’s your verse for the day?”

4 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day 1 Thessalonians 4”

  1. I was just reading this book last night when I couldn’t sleep. The verses in this chapter that stood out to me the most were 15 & 16: “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” This has been particularly applicable in my life lately. My paternal grandmother was raised in a church-going family and has always considered herself to be saved, but it was never something that I could see in her life. But now in her later years, God has been drawing her to Him. She’s been reading her Bible and praying more often, and she and I have had several discussions on how current events are part of God’s plan and how the Bible is a trustworthy guide for life. The faith that has been being cultivated in me over the last few years, coupled with my personal study and the great teachers I have had, have now become tools that God is using to help her. It’s a good lesson to learn that salvation is meant for more than just my ticket to heaven, it is a relationship with God that must be strengthened and cultivated so that others may desire and attain the same thing.

    1. Wow. Great thoughts. Sometimes insomnia produces good fruit, doesn’t it? I saw a little of the same thing in one of my own grandfathers. While I believe his faith had always been genuine, it was in the later years that I saw it really grow and flourish. It’s always been an encouragement to me to constantly be growing and maturing until the journey’s end. Thanks for sharing!!

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