“And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
Holy living was the exhortation here to this church. The only way to be established in the Lord was to listen and apply God’s Word. Timothy and Paul and their crew were called to be ministers. This is just the Greek word for servant or deacon. Pastors are simply servants to the body of Christ. They are there to serve, not be served.
Timothy was asked to stay with this church so that they would be established. One of the reasons God established local churches was that believers would grow in the Word and help others to grow (Eph. 4:11-16). But why did they need to grow in God’s Word? Wasn’t it enough to just believe in Jesus and be saved?
In this life, we will face many trials and temptations. When we do, it is how we respond as believers that shows what is really inside the inner person. Our faith is tried to develop it. It has been said, “faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted.” What life does to us depends on what life finds in us and if we are not established in God’s Word, we will not stand.
This was the burden of Paul and Timothy and should be the heart of every pastor, leader and servant in the church. This is why, at Surrendered, we teach book by book and verse by verse. We want the whole counsel of God so that the saints will be established and living godly lives in the grace of the Lord.
Paul ends this chapter talking again about the coming of the Lord. They were in anticipation of the return of Jesus. This is something that is missing in the church today, the anticipation of Jesus’ return. That is what we are called to preach and why I feel compelled to write to you whenever I can. To establish you in His Word and remind you He is returning. Are you ready?