January 26, 2023

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (HCSB)
The Call to Sanctification

4 Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and please God—as you are doing —do so even more. 2 For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, 4 so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, 5 not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God. 6 This means one must not transgress against and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses, as we also previously told and warned you. 7 For God has not called us to impurity but to sanctification. 8 Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who also gives you His Holy Spirit.

Jalen Kramm
“I wish I knew what God’s will for my life was, cause then I’d sure do it.” Familiar statement, isn’t it? Most people think this to be true of themselves, but, if it were true, then they’d never say it because they would read Scripture, and they would have seen statements like verse 3. There are several of them throughout the Bible and they are usually VERY clear, just like the one here. The Christian life is not complicated, it isn’t hard to understand, and it isn’t only for pastors and missionaries. Again, Paul makes himself so clear that there is no interpretation needed here, rather, just meditation on what you need to get rid of in your life. I’m going to give some more references on what God’s will is for the lives of His children, and hopefully while you are busy following the Lord with your whole life, He will allow other people to understand the gospel through you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
Luke 9:23
1 Peter 2:15
Micah 6:8
Romans 12:2
Ephesians 2:10
James 1:2-4
These are just a few, but I think you get the point. Don’t get caught up in what doesn’t matter. Pursue God’s will for your life, which is simply obeying what He has already told us to do.

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