Following the Star
This is only the beginning.
God is up to something amazing in you.
Wait for it.
May the Lord cause you to increase and enrich your love for each other and for everyone in the same way as we also love you. May the love cause your hearts to be strengthened, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his people. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
The best kind of gift becomes more gifts. A poem becomes a composition for an orchestra. A birthday cake for one becomes slices for everyone. One act of kindness becomes inspiration for multiple acts of kindness. The beautiful thing about gifts is that they can become more when they are shared.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul writes to a church in need. Those who believed Paul’s teachings were being mistreated by those who didn’t. So, Paul prays that God would cause their love, not only for each other but also for everyone else, to increase, to overflow. Paul asks God to take the gift of God’s love they had already received and to make something more out of it.
Thankfully, there is more than enough love for everyone. Like Paul, we can pray that God would make our love for each other and for everyone else become more than what it was. Now that’s the kind of gift that keeps on giving and growing.
Eternal God, thank you for your love. Increase the love of Jesus in me today by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so I can share it as a gift with others. May it be so, amen.
This is not the end.
God is up to something wonderful in the world.
Watch for it.