More and More (originally posted April 20, 2011)

“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to live and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.

“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… But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more.” (1 Thessalonians 4:1, 9-10)

The phrase “more and more” is a common one for the Apostle Paul. Most times he uses it in a positive sense, just once in a negative sense (2 Timothy 2:16, where he talks of irreverent babble leading to “more and more ungodliness”). Either way, though, it has the connotation of increase, of growth.

Paul exhorts us to live lives that are more and more godly. He tells us that we should love each other more and more. Clearly Paul is encouraging growth.

Our Christian walk is one of moving forward. Stagnation is not a godly option.

Is your walk in Christ moving ahead?

I encourage you to seek Him though His Word, through prayer, through fellowship with other believers, through worship—personal and corporate—all of these… more and more.

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