“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” -2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Living in Christ involves deliberate action. The comfort of knowing Jesus does not satisfy you with human goodness—it moves you. Like a rope and a harness give a new climber the comfort to scale 80 feet of sheer plywood, so life in Christ gives a new believer comfort to reach new places in character, generosity, and service. If Christian life inspires you to action that anyone could logically justify outside of Christ, is your belief really in your Creator?
If you believe in Christ, and find your comfort in Christ, he will establish you in good works and words. Establishment involves time and scale: it is the beginning of a long-term entity with a far reach. And establishment is the definition of our present lives for anyone who believes. We are being prepared—established—for a time and scale without end.
So what good work or word do you know God wants to establish you in? And what short-term fear is stopping you from it? What comfort do you have in Christ?
Don’t let your shortsighted fear blind you to Jesus’ comfort, and in the end keep you from being established for life—all of life.