That by God’s grace, the Church would be made worthy of her call and be empowered to fulfill every desire for goodness and work of faith.
“To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will 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
When you think of today’s, today’s society, what are the first thoughts that come to your mind? Is it disgust? Hopelessness? Judgement? Frustration?…. or is it a Heavenly expectation for God’s glory to fall and for the Church to be raised up as the beautiful bride it was purposed to be. The hands and feet of Christ, Salt and Light in a flavorless and dark world?
Unfortunately, it is all to easy to fall prey to these former thoughts. Frustration and hopelessness can abound as the circumstances around us threaten to pull us towards what we can see with our eyes versus the promises of the Word we perceive in our hearts.
Let us be reminded of the certainty that before Jesus returns, God will raise up a Church of believers where he will be glorified. For Paul writes in Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
So if Paul is so confident of this in Philippians, why does he say “we pray for you always” to be counted worthy of this call—to be perfected? It is because He knows it is only by God’s grace and the power won at the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ that all this will come to pass. Therefore he diligently calls this forth in prayer, and as he declares it over the believers at Thessalonica. In doing so, he reminds each one of them that they were called to desire the Lords good works and by standing in faith they have the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish them.
Let us follow Paul’s example by holding fast to the Lord’s promise to awaken and perfect the church. Let us diligently seek prayer and in doing so encourage one another in our calls to the good works He has prepared for us in advance. Let us glorify His name!
Heavenly Father, we long to see your church perfected and worthy of her call. Father forgive us for buying the lie of hopelessness about the current condition or for sitting by idly without praying forth your will. Father light us on fire with a vision for a unified and powerful church, who together fulfill your goodness by faith, empowered by your Holy Spirit. Father we declare that your name will be glorified in every sector of society and the Church will manifest as the true Hope for the world. In the powerful name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen