Are you worthy of God? What does it look like to be worthy of Him? What happens if you’re not worthy? And, the most vital question: how can you become worthy of God? These are legitimate, vital New Testament questions. Jesus and Paul addressed them multiple times. Today’s verses answers the last question.
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Are we walking worthy of God’s calling? Do we bring Him glory through our lives and being? Those are vital questions? Jesus wrote to the church in Sardis: “Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.” He continued: “Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy” (Rev. 3:3-4). Whether or not we walk worthy of Christ is a vital issue.
That’s why Paul wrote that, “We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling.” He wrote the same to the Colossians: “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you . . . so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:9-10). Only God can make us “worthy of his calling.”
Today’s verses teach us one of the profoundest truths in the universe: the glory of Christ in our through our lives is fully related to our glory. They are inseparably connected. When God make us worthy of His own calling—“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it” (1 Thess. 5:24)—the main goal is the glory of His Son. The way the Father does so is through the vital connection between Jesus and His people, like the Vine and the branches.
While the ultimate goal is the glory of His Son, it’s fully related to the glory of His people. When the Father works in us in such way that Jesus is glorified in and through our lives, we also share in that glory. He in us, and we in Him; a perfect union!
The good news is that our worthiness is entirely “according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” No matter how far we still may fall short of His glory, we don’t have to try to make ourselves worthy—only He can do so. Since it’s based on His grace, we don’t have to bring anything to the table. We need to turn to Him with faith and prayer, asking Him to do so.
The Devotional Writer
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