I’ve been waiting for a cute story to share with you that would cover 1 Thessalonians 2, but I’ve got nothing. This chapter is one of those that requires the teaching of the scripture without a flowery illustration; it’s the narrow path.
If we, as distributors of the gospel, were to curtail our message to suit the fancies of mankind, God would not be pleased with our walk. We must tell the truth about who he is and what he expects from those that are or would become Christ-followers. The path is not easy for the saved; in fact, it is a narrow road with many roadblocks and uneven terrain, but the outcome is much better than choosing the wide path with beautiful views that are fake, which leads to destruction. We must set our hearts on pleasing God, who will test us. It’s a bit daunting to know the God of the universe will seek to prove our loyalty to him, but if we listen closely to the scriptures and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, nothing will derail his plan for us. And as for the rigorous path and the testing of our faith, they become a crown in our testimony. Stand firm; the testing is only for a moment; eternity is forever!
but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4
we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:12