Further Up, Further In

Wanting

Hungering

Craving

Dissatisfied

Discontent

If there is anything that we have all experienced through our pandemic odyssey, I expect it might be the longing for more. Whether it was more time with loved ones, more closeness with family, more freedom to come and go, more clarity, more… hope. We all felt it. Maybe we still do.

But for followers of Jesus, we’ve been taught that we are to be content, as Paul the Apostle so straitly put it, “in whatsoever state I am.” We’ve been taught (and rightly so) to seek and find our satisfaction in Christ. And yet, we want more. We hunger for something we’ve only tasted. We crave something that we’ve only seen from a distance. We are dissatisfied with the incompleteness of our earthly experience. We are far more familiar than we care to admit with a gnawing discontent.

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Yet Unfinished

As we continue in 1 Thessalonians, we see that Paul has spent the first three chapters celebrating and encouraging them in their faith. If you and I have the same kind of faith – a faith that endures together, that presses on – shouldn’t we be ok just to hold on? Do we really need to go further in that faith?

We’ll look at Paul’s answer to that question here in 1 Thessalonians 4.1-3a.

Will you take one of these next steps today?

Father, show us the way to lean in to your transforming work because recognize that our Real Life Faith is Yet Unfinished.