READ : 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17
Stand firm. . .
During his retirement years, Sir Winston Churchill was invited to be a guest speaker at the boy’s school he had once attended. How exciting for all the teachers and students. Sir Winston was coming to their school! After a flowery introduction and welcome, Sir Winston got out of his chair and slowly walked to the podium. “Never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never give up!” End of speech. Nobody there ever forgot that profound, practical exhortation.
Thessalonica was a large, prosperous, wealthy, and pagan community. The charter members of the church there had made a good beginning with Jesus. Listen to how the apostle had commended them: “You became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known” (1 Thess. 1:7-8). But they had their problems, too. Some confusion about Jesus’ return, some lapsing into immorality, some disrespect of lawful authority, . . . some wondering of whether it’s worth it all.
Paul here encourages them to hang in there. Christian, never give up! Never, never, never give up!
Father, help us to stand firm in believing what is right and doing what is right. In Jesus’ name. Amen.