Thursday, September 18, 2008

Will it amount to anything?

A few months ago I discovered the Bible reading plan website,, and signed up for an almost-daily email that would take me through the New Testament in a year. It sends a pointer to the daily reading from 2 Thessalonians 1, which includes this tidbit near the end:
... we pray for you all the time--pray that our God will make you fit for what he's called you to be, pray that he'll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something.
from 2 Thessalonians 1:11, The Message
The NIV renders this "fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith"--a slightly calmer wording, but the content is still dynamite.

I mean, can you imagine? The Master of the Universe, filling our ideas and acts of faith with his own energy. How powerful is that?

And so, as Peter says, if we're growing in Him, we will be neither useless nor unfruitful; our lives will have meaning. Ultimately I think we all want to know that.

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