1 Thessalonians 3:10-13
“A prayer for maturity”
In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians he explained how the church was born and cared for be writing about the work of leadership. He wrote of how the young believers could survive by “clinging to the word of God, fellowshipping with the people of God and longing for the presence of God.”
Sometimes I wonder how much better it would be if the church was more like the insect world. You know like Ants; when ants are born they get right to work, they don’t have to change dippers, pick up the little ant messes. No, every ant that comes out from the larvae is equipped immediately for service. There is no trial run. Almost immediately they become fruitful for the ant kingdom. Through out this letter we realize two things as it relates to our maturity in Christ:
- God is not interested in us remaining infant Christians: He wants to see us through to maturity!
- The same two ingredients that led us to salvation in Christ are also involved in our maturity. Our growth in Christ is by His Spirit, and in our absolute trust in God’s Word.
We grow by the Spirit of God at work in the Word of God making us mature as the children of God!
In Chapter 3 verses 10-13 as Paul wrote of his prayer for the church in Thessalonica he says that he prayed for them night and day for four things that would cause them to grow into mature followers of Jesus:
- 10 That God would; Perfect what is lacking: The word here means to “mend nets”. Paul prayed that they would continue to adjust their lives to the Word of God, so that nothing would fall through. Our lives in Christ are constantly changing and we will need more adjusting to His will!
- 11 That God would; Direct our way to you: Paul desired to continue to feed these young Christians the Word of God. We will never arrive a point where we will know all that there is in the Bible as such there will always need to be a hunger for the Word.
- 12 That God would; Inject love abounding: We can see growth the easiest in our actions towards others. Paul is careful here to say not only that we ought to love fellow believers but every one even those who are persecuting or hurting you. The truth is we will never mature past our ability to love others!
- 13 That God would; Erect hearts in holiness: Paul prays that their conduct would be in line with the Word of God. Notice that it is the return of Jesus Christ that ought to motivate us to a holy life! Where a person is applying the Word of God Notice here that it is the return of Jesus Christ that ought to motivate us to a holy life! Where a person is applying the Word of God there will be stability, love and holiness. These will provide complete assurance in His presence.
Saints what a great prayer for maturity in our lives, a prayer that at its center is to: Perfect, Direct, Inject and Erect more of Jesus in our lives as we grow in Him.