Advent Devotional – Friday, December 2, 2016 – What Is Your Standard Of Measurement?
1Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3It is God‘s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more. 11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
In this passage we learn that there is only one standard of measurement and it‘s Jesus Christ. From the time of his birth, he demonstrated for mankind the way our life is to be lived. His ways are our example of how to treat one another, specifically His new commandment we are given in the New Testament. We are to love one another. This is a goal that we need to have in mind on a daily basis.
It‘s not always easy to do this, but through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be like Jesus. We can be love, compassion, Holy, humble, and so forth. This is the will of the Father, that we set ourselves apart from the world and be in a holy relationship with God through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I challenge you today to be Jesus to those around you and to show others the love Christ has for us!