We pray continually that our God will make you worthy of his call, and by his power fulfil all your desires for goodness and complete all that you have been doing through faith; because in this way the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified in you and you in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
To turn now, brothers, to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we shall all be gathered round him: please do not get excited too soon or alarmed by any prediction or rumour or any letter claiming to come from us, implying that the Day of the Lord has already arrived.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
The choice to respond to God’s call often is experienced as both a choice to turn to God, but also to let go of or turn from something else.
Paul says that answering the call is to choose to do good, indeed to the fulfilment of all the desires of the heart to do good.
In this is the fulfilment of ourselves, and of God’s desire for us.
The Arch of Galerius. Early 4th-century monument Thessaloniki, Greece. (c) 2006, Allen Morris