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You Are Responsible For…

Imagine you were just married. The wedding was amazing, and to top it off, you were given a fully-furnished home as a wedding present. Things couldn’t get any better...but wait, as time passes, you’re confronted with the reality of the obligations of being a homeowner. Just as the blessing of a home means responsibility for the owner, Paul prays that the Thessalonian church would understand the weight of their responsibility as God’s people and work to become more like Jesus (2 Thessalonians 1:11).

Paul reminds the Thessalonians of their salvation in Jesus Christ, boasts of their perseverance and faith during trials, and reminds them that God will one day make things right for His people. “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled…” (2 Thessalonians 1:6). However, he does not stop there. Our salvation is not a reason to be prideful, but is a reason to humbly seek to serve God, and reach people for Him, because we know where we were when He found us. Paul reminds us of this greater purpose and the responsibility we have to grow in the Lord Jesus Christ so that He will be glorified (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).

More critical than the home we live in, is knowing that Christ dwells in us. Salvation through Jesus Christ is a gift available to us all, and it comes with the humbling responsibility of continued personal growth. We are called to grow in Christ so that HE may be glorified. That means daily humbling ourselves before God and allowing Him to change us.


  • What is your next step for personal growth in Jesus Christ?
  • What is one thing that may be preventing you from fully submitting to God’s work in your life?
  • What step can you take this week to humble yourself before God, allowing Him to continue to change you?

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