Week 32: Always and Continually What?

Today’s Text: Second Thessalonians

Key Text: Second Thessalonians 1:16

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I know a young man who, if you say you do something “all the time” calls you on it.

All the time?” he chides, “can anyone really do anything all the time?”

He’ll probably grow up to be a professor.

Sometimes, though, I am tempted to say – “Well, as a matter of fact, yes – we are supposed to do some things all the time.”

I can imagine the look of disbelief on his face.

Proper use of the language aside, let me make my point.

Scripture says we are supposed to do the following things continually:

  • Pray
  • Be joyful
  • Give thanks

We are to be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.

Sounds like “all the time” to me.

Is it easy? No.

Most of us are creatures with feelings and attitudes that shift widely based on the immediate circumstances we must confront.

Still, the ideal – the spiritual goal – is to let our lives and actions be guided by feelings and attitude of joyful thankfulness and praise – no matter what.

To do that effectively I believe we must allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, mold us, form us, into being more like Christ – and that is a long, continual process.

So, let the work begin.

Regardless of the particular circumstances in which you find yourself today – let the work begin – and continue into eternity.

Pray – be joyful – give thanks – all the time.

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