Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thurs., 4/7/11 Devotion (1 Thess. 4:1a)

Today's encouragement comes from 1 Thessalonians 4:1a, where we read these words:

"Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more . . . "

Sometimes churchmen are tempted to think, "I'm doing pretty well in my walk with the Lord. Now I can just coast." But this is not an option for a sincere believer. Instead, we are exhorted to bear even *more* fruit, and to increase our influence "more and more," (cf. v. 10b).

The reason for this is because Christ is an inexhaustible supply of bles-
sing and provision. Because we can never plumb the depths of His love and grace, there can be no limit (or end) to the effectiveness church-
men are to have in His world. Therefore, today, let us "abound more and more" in Jesus.

[Puritan quote of the day: "God has a greater delight in the sincere worship and love of one poor, obscure Christian than in all that is done throughout the globe by irreligious kings and princes." --Jona-
than Edwards, in his sermon, "Christians a Chosen Generation"]