Day 3

Walking Worthy of God

from the 1 & 2 Thessalonians reading plan

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Luke 6:43-45, Hebrews 4:12

BY Melanie Rainer

I’ve been a wannabe long-distance runner for the last decade or so—“wannabe” being the key word there. A few years ago, I decided to run a marathon: 26.2 miles. I loved it so much, but my knees did not. This conundrum led me to a physical therapist who watched me jog back and forth a few times in her office. She looked at me and said, “Your knees don’t point the right way.” 

I looked down, and she was right! My kneecaps don’t point straight ahead. In fact, they point pretty far inward. If a laser beam were to be shot out from each of my knees, the beams would cross almost immediately, which is not ideal for long-distance running. When my gait was off, it threatened the integrity of my entire stride. It placed more strain on certain muscles, causing them to stretch in ways they were never intended to stretch. So, I bought new shoes with better orthotics, and I began the slow retraining process of running with my knees facing out.

When Paul talks in 1 Thessalonians 2 about “walk worthy of God,” he is diagnosing the church in Thessalonica. If the mechanics of their walk were off, their witness would be too. And so, like a good coach, he jumped in to show them the right way to walk. He tells them, “Like a father with his own children, we encouraged, comforted, and implored each of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory” (vv.11–12). 

Paul gives the Thessalonians a template for walking worthy of God by reminding them of how he lived among them. He spoke “the gospel of God to them in spite of great opposition,” without “greedy,” self-seeking motives or “flattering,” empty words (vv.2,5). Paul did not seek his own glory, but walked with gentleness, looking after them like a nursing mother “nurtures her own children” (v.7). 

Paul shared his whole life with the Thessalonians—not glimpses of his piety made to make him the hero. While with the Thessalonians, he conducted himself “devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly” (v.10). These words, in particular, strike me: “We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us” (v.8).

Paul describes the joy of his missionary journey to Thessalonica not only in sharing the gospel, but in sharing life with his dear friends. He talks as much about his actions, demeanor, and motivations as he does his words. And perhaps that’s the goal to walk away with. Not walking “perfectly,” but walking together. Walking in the same direction, toward Jesus, with gentleness, humility, and community. We cannot walk worthy if we are always alone, but we can walk alongside those who lovingly correct our steps, reminding us of the finish line, and sharing in our burdens—not for their own glory, but for Christ’s.

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  1. Jennifer Ficklen says:


  2. Laura M says:

    Jennifer, does your church have small groups or “lifegroups”? I encourage you to look into it. Your sound so much like me and joining a weekly small group was such a great thing. I gained a family.

  3. Laura M says:

    Keep praying Tricia. My two most precious friendships were born out of a time when I woefully prayed to the Lord for a godly friend. He delivers. I am praying for you.

  4. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    I long for a Christian group of women to walk beside me and I them. I attend church regularly and interact with all who are there but don’t have a closeness to any one woman to consider a best friend to do life and Jesus with. Please pray with me that I will be blessed with someone who is looking for the same. Thank you ladies!

  5. Jennifer Ivey says:

    I attended Church but I have a really hard time connecting with women. I am pretty shy and see others talking and chatting. I am in such a bad habit of slipping in and out, never have even spoken or connected. Just the common Hi how are you? Praying God will help me grow! I do long for that community.

  6. Deb Ireland says:

    I think it is important to try to walk worthy of God. The longer I follow Christ the more I realize that I cannot do this on my own power. I need Christian community but even more importantly I need the Holy Spirit. I have to lean into the Holy Spirit and listen to his prompting and rely on his power. I like how Luke 6:45 says, “the good treasure of his heart produces good…” Jesus is the good treasure and I can’t do it alone.

  7. Jessica Perteet says:

    I will be praying for you today. Last year I dealt with a close loved one turning to alcohol and it was a dark time. But God used certain people from our church for us to get the help we need and now we are on the path to recovery! Praying that he gets the help he needs and accepts it as well.

  8. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord let me walk and step into the joy of you!

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