13But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.15So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter. 16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, 17comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere, just as it is among you, 2and that we may be rescued from wicked and evil people; for not all have faith. 3But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. 4And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will go on doing the things that we command.5May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:13— 3:5, NRSV)
Hold fast to the traditions you have been taught. But what if tradition is something that holds another down?
God chose you to be one who would share God’s love and mercy with all of the world. Not just with those who we have been taught or heard should hear about love and mercy. God loved us and chose us when we could not be with God. When our sin was covering us and we could not be in God’s presence. And because of this, we need to share that love and mercy with everyone. Not those we deem fit because God would not have deemed you fit.
God chose you to make a difference. So go and share the love you received, knowing it will never run out.