Living lives on God's Word
We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory. Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:12-13 NLT
Since we are pilgrims in this world and we are on a journey to the Kingdom of God to experience with Him the promised eternal glory, therefore, we have to live our lives as representatives of the King of kings and the Lord of lords whom we are serving. Because of the consistent testimony that was shown by Paul, Silas, and Timothy, the people in Thessalonica “received the word of God… not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God.” This is significant because it matters that when we share our faith to others that there will be an acknowledgement that what we are conveying is not our personal opinion but the Word of God. We should be confident in our resolve that when we read the Word of God, He is speaking to us. The Author of the Bible is God Himself, therefore His Word is “useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT). We show that we believe and trust God’s Word when we live our lives based on His teaching. We let God’s Word judge what is in our hearts and minds. We expect that when we submit ourselves to His Word, we will be transformed. David provided a testimony as to what will happen when we study and meditate on God’s Word. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:7-11 ESV). Just like what Paul and his companions had experienced, the Word of God at work in the lives of His children will be beneficial and profitable. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11 KJV).