Daily Bread 6-1-16
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father
4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
ref. - 1 Thess. 3:6 - But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
Heb 6:10 - For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Col 3:12 - Put in therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,meekness, long-suffering;
We read of the kindness and generosity of the Thessalonicans in this scripture. The part that stands out most is the fact that it was not about only monetary support. It was about Spiritual support and love. Many think of charity as giving money but this is not the whole meaning. Charity is anything given out of love. If we want our Pastors and those that have been put in authority over us to help us we must also give them our support in that we believe in the gifts of the Spirit and seek after them. There is nothing better for a minister than to see God's children prosper Spiritually. It says your work of faith. This means that we trust what we are being taught and believe in the Word of God and the examples brought to us in it. Labour of love. Not out of necessity, no one holding gun to our heads, but because we love the Lord we do what we do. Patience of hope in Jesus Christ. We believe in the promises that are being given to us through the word of God and wait for God's will to be done. Also, that we are confident that God has chosen us to serve Him in the level of service that we have been called to. These Thessalonicans had a good report from a Preacher(Timothy) that had spent time with them and it refreshed Paul's confidence and made him stronger. Knowing that the people really wanted to see him and he wanting to see them must have been a great feeling. The greatest thing that any of us can do for each other, the Church, the Pastor, and God is to be caught in possession of the gifts listed in this scripture. Bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering, taking care of those who have been put in front of us out of love, and most of all, believing in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ from a pure heart. With these, children, we will not be forgotten. God will never forget anything that we do to help further this gospel, so let us go forward and be remembered as the Thessalonicans were. As good stewards to the saints and good stewards to the election of God. Our choice was to serve him with everything that we had, so let's get busy and do it. Let us pray together this morning for all of our Brothers and Sisters, great or small, strong or weak, and let us also pray for all of those who have been put in authority and given the understanding of God's will in our lives. Let us be the Thessalonicans of today, desiring to see one another and knowing that our brethren feel the same way about us! Let us prosper in the name of Jesus Christ!!! Have a great day!!!