READ : 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
We pray . . . that our God may make you worthy of his calling. (v. 11)
This passage echoes Paul’s instruction in his first letter to the Thessalonians, when he urged them to live lives worthy of their calling (1 Thess. 2:12). Here it’s a prayer that God would make the believers worthy of his calling in their lives. Holding these two together gives a helpful picture of what a worthy life looks like. We’re called to renewal and sanctification, and we’re given the power to do all of that by the same God who asks it of us. God doesn’t love us because we’re worthy; we’re worthy because God loves us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8), so we are free to respond gratefully, without fear of whether we are good enough. Because we have been clothed with Christ (Gal. 3:27 NIV), we are equipped to live out God’s calling in our lives, so that “the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him” (v. 12).
Do you understand the source of your worthiness? Are you rooted in the knowledge that God sees you cloaked in the grace of Christ? Or are you burdened by persistent feelings of unworthiness, never quite sure whether you measure up? Be assured of God’s love for you, so that you may be set free from the anxiety of feeling inadequate. May you know more fully how the love of God transforms you.
Merciful God, help us to hold fast to the worthiness, and the call, that you extend to us.