“Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1 NASB
In other words, “Hey, you’re actually doing it. Good job. But don’t be satisfied to stay where you are.”
These are words to encourage us on, no matter where we are, whether we are walking in victory, successful in the world’s eyes, or in a not so successful season of days.
There is always room to “excel still more” and more every day.
Don’t ever settle.
May we always have this attitude, looking to Jesus for our direction,
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8
and “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,”
let us press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make our own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of us and made us His own,
and press on toward the goal (Philippians 3:12, 13, 14)
and excel still more.
Keep growing, keep grasping, keep seeking His face, and keep being transformed by the power of the Word, by the renewing of your mind.
-Is there any area of your life that your growth has ‘plateaued’ and you have decided to ‘settle’ there? Ask God to show you.
-Talk to the Lord today about where He longs for you to be in that area of your life (and others). Put pen to paper and ask Him to speak His vision of growth and maturity over your life.
And choose/make a decision to “walk in a manner worthy.” Colossians 1: 10, 11, 12
-What is TODAY’S first next step toward growth?
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