Monday, February 6, 2012

The Joy of others in Christ

As I read 1 Thessalonians 3, It really seems a chapter on thanks to the Thessalonians. Now just think of this.
Here is Paul, sitting in prison, writing letters of thanks to these people whom he visiting sometime ago, where he spread the word of God to them and helped them strengthen their faith in Jesus. He writes here that he couldn't visit them again and that he sent his friend Timothy.
Paul cared so much about the people that he ministered to, and he was so excited to hear back from them (about their news, faith and growth in Jesus), that he made a plan to send someone else that he trusted to find out..
Paul wanted to comfort them and guide them further in their relationship with Christ, and not have them think that he has come and gone.

Shouldn't we be doing the same?
When we get over the hurdle/fear of spreading Gods word to others, God doesn't want us to convert someone to Christianity, pray with them and then disappear never to be seen again!
We need to reaffirm with them, let them know that they are not alone in their growth in Christ and help them along, be that ear to listen, be that shoulder to cry on....but the point is....JUST BE! Don't leave them in the distance, because you can bet your bottom dollar that the tempter (Devil) will be attacking them big time, and as a new christian, they may not be able to handle that.
Paul didn't want a single person to fall away from God, due to himself being in prison.
Isn't this commitment???
Aren't we are called to do the same!

Even though Timothy came back to Paul with the good news that the Thessalonians were growing stronger and stronger in their faith day by day,he still prayed for them over and over, asked Gods blessing over them, asked Gods Holy Spirit to be poured over them!

This is another area that is lacking in my growth in Christ...but with Gods grace, we can all work together..

I think this chapter is one which explains that we should always willing to listen and help and guide a fellow believer or  a person who wants to become a believer, whether we know them or not.
Bless you all.

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thessalonians%203&version=NLT

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