To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11, 12 ESV)
When God saves a person it isn’t because that person has proved himself worthy. In fact, the Bible says that no one is worthy. “there is no one who is good, no not one.” (Romans 3) Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that we won’t one day be worthy. When God saves you, he washes you of your unworthiness and deposits his Holy Spirit with you in order to make you worthy of the calling that you received when you first believed. This is God’s work in you.
Another way of saying it is this: God loves you just as you are, but he doesn’t leave you just as you are. God doesn’t just give you heaven, he also fits you for heaven.
When you look at your life, can you see ways that God has changed you to be more like Jesus? How?
Pray Paul’s prayer for yourself and your church.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 2 Kings 1, 2 Thes 1, Da 5, Ps 46-47