Abounding More and More
1 Thessalonians 4:1
“Finally then, brethren we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;”
The Church of Thessalonica was commended by Paul over and over, as they were known for their love and good works. Yet, although their testimony was known by the surrounding regions, Paul exhorted them twice in chapter 4 to still abound “more and more”. That should be the goal of every believer, to continually advance the kingdom of God.
No matter how well we are doing in Christ, we should always strive to do more. John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can; by all the means you can; In all the ways you can; in all the places you can; at all the times you can; to all the people you can; as long as ever you can.” We should live each day as though it is our last, for one day we will be right. Our life is but a vapor, so we should redeem the time and be filled with good works. Let our lives overflow with fruit.
You have a promise from God, that if you abide in Christ and He abides in you, you will bear much fruit (John 15:5)! Imagine that if the Lord of all creation lives in you, there is no way you won’t produce godly fruit; His life will ooze out of you. The question is, are you full of Christ, or still full of you? John stated that if all the works of Jesus where written down, there would not be enough room on earth for all the books that would be written (John 21:25)! And His ministry was only 3 years long!
Therefore, let Christ and His word dwell in you richly, and live with eternity in mind. Let your branches spread far and wide, distributing nourishing fruit to all who are around you; that they might reach out and be blessed by your love, your hope, your joy, your patience and kindness that flows from your life. Spend and be spent doing God’s work, reaching the lost and loving the brethren, and when you enter eternity you will not regret it.
Love in Christ, Jonathan Ball
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