“As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” --1 Thessalonians 4:1 (NIV)
“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” --1 Thessalonians 4:1 (ESV)
I needed to pick something up at my kids’ school one day. I also needed to walk the dog. I thought it would be efficient to walk the dog to school, get what I needed, and walk home. However, the distance to the school and back home is twice as far as Lexi and I normally walk. Plus it was new—therefore overly stimulating—territory. I wasn’t confident that Lexi could maintain her focus and control her excitement. I decided to try it anyway. Lo and behold, Lexi did great. Sure, she needed my cues to stay on track. And we got lucky because we didn’t meet any other people or dogs. Still, Lexi trotted right along and didn’t resist me or pull in a different direction or spaz out. I was so pleased with her. Is God pleased with us as we walk with him? The Scriptures teach us what pleases God. Paul urges us to “do so more and more.” Even when we face new challenges, even when we venture into new territory, we should keep walking to please God. His Word will keep us on track.
Dear God, Help me to walk and to please you. Amen