More and More

Paul had ample reason to commend the
church in Thessalonica. They clearly were getting
some things right. Of course, just like any other
church in any other time or place, the brothers
and sisters in ancient Thessalonica were not
perfect. They certainly had their issues (some of
which Paul alludes to in both 1 and 2
Thessalonians). Yet they had a healthy
understanding of what it means to love and
encourage one another. And their love was not
limited to just the family of God in one locale—
they were known for their concern and care for
Christians throughout the entire province. “Now
concerning brotherly love you have no need for
anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have
been taught by God to love one another, for that
indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers
throughout Macedonia.” Sounds like it was a great
place to be!
But Paul does not allow his family in
Thessalonica to be satisfied with where they are.
Rather, he encourages them to improve, even on
the things that they plainly do well. His admonition
to them—at least in part—is that they do more of
the good stuff to which they are already
accustomed. “But we urge you, brothers, to do
this more and more,” he says.
That is a great rallying cry, I believe: “more
and more.” Whatever we are doing as a church
that conforms with the life of Christ, we should do
“more and more.” Whatever as individuals we find
our hands doing that builds up the body and
reflects the glory of God in this world, we should
do “more and more.” Whatever lifts up, brings
peace, shows tenderness and compassion,
spreads the love of Jesus, and sacrifices for the
sake of others, those things we should do “more
and more.”

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