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 Thes 4:1
More and more, live in His ways more and more. Why is that? Well it isn’t like God is this insatiable diety that cannot get along without us. No, He calls us to more and more, because He wants to pour out more and more blessings upon us. He wants us to have more and more by living according to His ways. More and more peace, love, hope, grace, mercy, kindness and encouragement to get through our lives.
That is what more and more means, especially in the context of 1 Thes 4. God doesn’t not delight in restricting me, but He delights in my having a “Good Life.” That can only happen if I live according to His teaching. When I step outside of that teaching, I find my life takes on a whole new level of chaos.
If I want goodness and peace in my life then I will live according to His ways and all the more as I see the day approaching. Because I have tested the Lord’s promise and found Him faithful to me. When I live inside the Lord’s direction and will, I am never disappointed. I am never let down by God.
Do bad things still happen, well of course. However, I can make it through the tough times because I know my God is with me and will deliver me as He has countless other times in my life. Life isn’t about what we think is good and bad, but what God thinks about it and how He can use it to bring more people to His blessings.
So, today let us join together in more and more. Let us serve more, let us give more, let us live more in His Word and Way, let us love more and offer the same to others. Let us test the promise of the Lord by doing as He has called and seeing if He does not bless us along the way. Let us test God’s promise and in the resulting blessing, teach others to do the same. “And so we will be with the Lord forever.” – 1 Thes 4:17b