Pastor Jim Stultz
More and More
We are the generation of more. We want more money, more shoes, more love, more time, more recognition and more gadgets. Advertisers depend on this desire for more. We just have to possess the latest, newest, biggest, and fastest. The desire for more can kill contentment.
This desire for more and more can be good when it comes to our spiritual lives. The Bible uses the phrase “more and more” on three occasions in the New Testament. However, these verses do not describe our desire for more, but God’s desire for more in two Christian virtues that He wants to see in us. 1 Thess. 4:1 says: “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.” We need to walk with God more and more. The believers in Thessalonica were already walking with God and living a life pleasing to Him. Paul challenged them as well as us not to be satisfied with our current walk with God but to pursue Him, get closer to Him, commune with Him more and more.
1 Thess. 4:9,10 records another virtue that we need to have: “Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more”. Once again the believers were already displaying love to one another but the apostle challenged them to go beyond and love each other more and more.
Our walk with God needs to be more and more. Let’s spend more time in prayer and listening to His voice in the Word. Our love for one another should be more and more as well. Thinking of practical ways to show love to those around us is essential. When a skeptical world sees believers who are living a “more and more” kind of life, they will see what an Awesome God we have.