“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.”
In this chapter, Paul gives the church a warning to be alert and awake as there is a day in which the man of lawlessness will come be revealed and oppose all of God’s work and God himself. Throughout the chapter, the language is very doom and gloom speaking of how the enemy will work in the days to come. However, I absolutely love how in verse 13 Paul reminds the church that in contrast to what the enemy is doing, we get to be thankful for our brothers and sisters in Christ, thankful that God would chose us to be his children, his heirs and beloved sons and daughters, and that we get to hold fast in this truth.
As I was reading this, the language Paul uses of, “but we ought always to thank God for you”, reminded me that I need to get better at building up my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ by thanking God for them. The body of Christ is called to live together in joy and celebration that we were chosen, and I was reminded of how thankful I am for the people God’s surrounded me with.
Dear Lord, I thank you for the body of believers I’m a part of and for the wider church. You chose us to be your firstfruits and I pray you continue to develop in me a spirit of gratitude for the brothers and sisters around me and for the gift of salvation that has called us all back into your family.