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What Is Your Goal In Life?    1 Thess. 4:1-12     Jan. 04, 2009


Introduction

       What is worst; to set goals and never reach them or to never set goals? I believe it is better to fail than refuse to try. In the year 2009 what goals will you set? The title is asking a major question; What Is Your Goal For Life? All Christians need to have a goal to glorify God in their lifestyle.

 

1.   A Goal To Satisfy God with Your . . Principals. 4:1-2

       A.   Satisfying God With . . Pleasing Principals. 4:1

1 Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us

              how you must walk and please God—as you are doing—do so even more.

 

       B.   Satisfying God With . . Passed On Principals. 4:2 

              2 For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus.


       What principals should we live by? Christians need to practice the principals that will please God. Paul told the Thessalonians they received the truth so they could walk in a manner to please God. He encouraged them to continue to live in a manner that pleases God and to do it even more. These godly principals were passed on from the Lord himself and then practiced by Paul. He taught them so others would incorporate then in their lives and in their lifestyle. In reality they are the commands from God and Paul wanted them included in all the churches.

 

2.   A Goal To Satisfy God with Your . . Purity. 4:3-8

       A.   Satisfying God With . . Sexual Purity. 4:3-5

3 For this is God's will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, 4 so that each of you knows how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don't know God.

 

       B.   Satisfying God With . . Sanctified Purity. 4:6-7

              6 This means one must not transgress against and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord

              is an avenger of all these offenses, as we also previously told and warned you. 7 For God has not called

              us to impurity, but to sanctification.

 

       C.   Satisfying God With . . Spiritual Purity. 4:8

8 Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who also gives you His

              Holy Spirit.

 

       Our world does not seem to have a requirement for purity of any kind. The Bible emphasizes a sexual,

sanctified, and spiritual purity. Sexual purity is laughed at but the consequences of this lifestyle carries it own benefits. An unwanted child or a sexually transmitted disease is not something to laugh about. God gives His Spirit to the Christian to enable all of us to live with a purity the world does not know. My son-in-law has given each of his daughters a purity ring. The goal for them is sexual purity before and after marriage. These girls are proud to wear their rings, and perhaps even more proud that their dad gave the ring to them. The text tells us rejection of this pure lifestyle does not reject man but the very Spirit of God.

 

 

3.   A Goal To Satisfy God with Your . . Passion. 4:9-10a

       A.   Satisfying God With A . . Thoughtful Passion. 4:9

9 About brotherly love: you don't need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.

 

       B.   Satisfying God With A . . Transferred Passion. 4:10a

10 In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. . . .”


       We need to be passionate about loving God. This must be a thoughtful expression of love and one that

we will share everywhere we go, but especially with fellow Christians. This love will be expressed for Him,

His word, and way of life. Paul tells these believers he does not need to teach them about brotherly love because God teaches them how to love one another. It is a joy to be part of a loving church. When the people express love to one another in a multitude of ways even the newcomer and non church member recognize the quality of love. On the other side what goes wrong when brotherly love is not being expressed? As we already noted Paul tells us God teaches His children to love so if it is not happening some are not paying attention to God’s commands. So many times church disagreements boil down to personality conflicts and one person placing their will above God’s. Let everyone of us determine that will not happen in our church.


 

4.   A Goal To Satisfy God with Your . . Proper Lifestyle. 4:10b - 12

       A.   Satisfying God With The . . Privacy Of A Proper Lifestyle.  4:10b-11

              “. . . But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, 11 to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your

              own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,

 

       B.   Satisfying God With The . . Presence Of A Proper Lifestyle.       4:12

              12 so that you may walk properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone.


       A proper Christian lifestyle will emphasize privacy as opposed to being a busybody. Christians need to mind their own business and show forth the love of the Lord. We are to walk properly so as the world sees our life it will glorify the Lord. If anyone asks us, What Is Your Goal For Life? We can say to glorify the Lord. Amen? Amen!


1 Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters. NKJV


                                                                troublesome meddler;