Dressed For The Journey
Sermon Series: The Affectionate Gospel
Sermon Title: Dressed for the Journey
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
God has packed a suitcase for us that has precisely what we need for the journey, no matter where we are going.
Seeking God’s will for our lives is a common query by believers. We desire to know the who, what, and where of our journey. In today’s text, the apostle Paul focuses on the how of our journey. Rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks are God’s will for our lives. By practicing them, Christians are equipped and dressed for all situations, regardless of our destination.
Point 1: Rejoice Always--What does that mean?
To rejoice is to take delight in the Lord. It is His will for us. God expresses His will for us in His decrees (that which He has carried out and is unthwartable) and in His commands (that which He tells us how to live). God does not base His command to rejoice always in our ever-changing circumstances. Consider that the Thessalonians were commanded to rejoice even in the midst of their great trials.
Point 2: Rejoice Always--What causes it?
God’s good news causes us to rejoice always. As a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22),
this supernatural rejoicing (1 Thess. 1:6) becomes a response to God’s grace in our lives. Such joy can and does coexist with grief. God Himself gives us unchanging, powerful reasons to rejoice. Doing so takes practice; rejoicing is a form of reminding ourselves of what God has spoken (Ps. 62:11). It is not denying wrongs, but rather recognizing that God supersedes all that is wrong.
To rejoice always rests not in our feelings, but rather acts as an invitation to worship. God has given us everything we need because He has given us Himself. Commit to God’s will by rejoicing always.
How are you dressed for the journey?