Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:1 

When I read this verse, I’m reminded of the days my boys learned to walk. Each of them learned in their own way and in their own time. Yet no matter how long it took, you can be assured that the response from Robyn and I was the same when each of them finally took their first step. There is something about that first step that causes a parent to lose all self-restraint. Cheers, tears, and applause fill the room as a measurement of just how incredibly pleasing this event is.

Ok, with this in mind, let’s read the verse again. Did you notice the part where our walking and pleasing God were tied together? How amazing is it to consider that God our Father is pleased when we walk with Him? Further, He delights when we grow in our walk. Friend, does it reassure you to know that God is there for your every step? He was the One who called you to Himself and empowered you to take your very first step.  He was there in the early days when it felt as though you were stumbling and crawling by in your understanding of spiritual things.  He strengthened and empowered you as you learned to place one foot in front of the other and to grow to the place where you could run to Him.

What a joy to know that our walk can bring pleasure to the Lord. After all, why wouldn’t it? He made you. He’s at work in you. Every spiritual step you take is a reflection of His great grace. As you progress in your walk, it is evidence of His divine faithfulness and goodness. This week, our passage is 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 and our message title is called, “Hope in Gospel Conduct.”  As we prepare to dig into this passage, I’d like us to anchor our thoughts in verse one and remember that God our Father delights when we, His children, walk in the truth.

Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship.

Love you, Church.

Jerry Lingenfelter
Senior Pastor

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