2 Thessalonians 1; Isaiah 25-26; Psalm 117
There is perhaps no greater fear than the idea that we may not be worthy of the position we have received, even if we have worked hard to get there. How many CEO’s are secretly driven by the fear that they aren’t good enough. They may worry about the shareholders’ opinions or they may worry about what a parent would think. As followers of Christ, we have that same concern: are we worthy of our God who has called us to follow Him? In short, the answer is, “No.” That being said, Paul’s words to the church at Thessalonica give us hope. “Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ 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) While we are not worthy in our own efforts, the grace of God allows us to be counted worthy of His calling. As followers of Christ, we can achieve nothing of lasting value in our own strength. As we trust in Him, as we depend on Him in faith, we have the power to glorify the name of Jesus through our lives. What Paul prayed for the Thessalonians is a prayer for us today. May we be counted worthy of His call because of the grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, I’m not worthy. I know my weaknesses and my failures and I realize how unworthy I am. You know them better than I do, and yet, in Your grace You give me the strength to serve You. You take my feeble efforts and count them as worthy. Let the name of Jesus Christ be glorified in my life not because of my own strength, but because of Your grace.