In 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, Paul shares a prayer of his for the saints in few words that give a glimpse of the responsibilities and ramifications in the Christian lifestyle. Like Paul, our prayer and hope should be that all who claim Christ will be counted worthy of “this calling.” Our worthiness in this calling can only be accomplished by the Godhead through the blood of Jesus with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as we make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). Through thick and thin we are determined to endure to the end, having the confidence that he which hath begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
With this mindset and heartfelt sincerity, we can “fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness” (2 Thessalonians 1:11) along with fulfilling the “work of faith with power.” This reiterates what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 1:5 when he pointed out that the “gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.” The Thessalonian believers saw how Paul unashamedly and without compromise proclaimed the gospel in Acts 17 in the midst of stiff life-threatening opposition, yet he was delivered out of the hands of his enemies to preach another day. That same type of Holy Ghost power to not only preach the gospel, but live it out with our actions and by navigating opposition or obstacles resides in the church today.
In fulfilling all of God’s good pleasure and work of faith with power, we recognize our calling is to holiness and being heavenly-minded as we execute effectiveness on Earth. We use a variety of the Holy Ghost’s methods and operations when we show forth spiritual fruit working with our spiritual gifts. Even if we stumble along the way, the Holy Spirit in us helps us get back on the right track quickly and we continue pressing forward knowing God is faithful and will not allow us to be tempted above our ability, but will with the temptation also provide us a way to escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).
So what is the endgame in this calling? According to 2 Thessalonians 1:12, it’s all so that the name of the Lord Jesus will be glorified through us so we in turn will be glorified in him. It’s a type of quid pro quo relationship based solely on God’s grace that has results in this life as well as in our future life in eternity. All the temporary stuff this world offers in its attempts to duplicate or replace the “work of faith with power” can only lead to empty false hope. May our work of faith with power shine even brighter in these dark days as the day of the Lord gets closer.