Surrendering to the Holy Spirit: Daily Devotional

God faithfully draws us closer to him, if we’re willing to listen. The power of this act can renew our very lives—giving us a new hope and outlook. This is why Paul emphasized this point at the close of his letter to the Thessalonian Christians.

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:19–28. Reflect on 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24:

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it” (ESV).

Paul has just finished saying that the Christians at Thessalonica should be careful to not quench the Spirit—meaning that they should let the Holy Spirit work among them (1 Thessalonians 5:19–22). He now emphasizes an important matter in this process: they must live as people who truly follow Jesus. In order for the Spirit’s work to be truly pure among them, they themselves must live pure lives.

God is always at work in our world and in our lives—even when we fail to acknowledge his presence. He is working to draw us closer to him, but we often resist. God desires for us to live his original vision for our lives.

Living a sinless life is not merely about a series of commands; instead, it’s about living in the presence of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we let the Holy Spirit work among us, resisting evil becomes less about commands; it becomes a lifestyle. When you’re constantly in contact with God himself, through prayer, sin and evil has no power over you. This is the point Paul emphasized in 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18. When we become busy rejoicing and being thankful, we can’t be busy sinning.

God is faithful to carry out his work in our world and in our lives. We must trust him to complete that which he began in us—to make us pure before him. In surrendering to the work of God in our lives, we will experience the greatest power we can ever know. We will experience the Holy Spirit inhabiting our lives. This is the only way to prepare for Jesus’ return. 

In what ways are you not surrendering to God’s work in your life? What part of your life needs to be renewed by the Holy Spirit’s work today?


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This Jesus’ Economy Daily Devotional is part of the series, “Be a Modern Missionary: 1 Thessalonians.” Image courtesy of Logos Bible Software.

John Barry
John Barry


CEO and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. His new book is Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. It is widely endorsed by Christian leaders from around the world.