And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
What is the best thing you can say about a follower of Christ? "I see God at work in you." This is one of the most positive letters of Paul we have in the New Testament. He had a lot good to say about them, but the one thing he pauses to commend here is this: they received God's Word, not as his words, but as the life-changing, alive and active, powerful Word of God, which is effective to do in us what needs to be done. When others can see that, hear that, and sense that in our lives, what a testimony it is. May people be able to read God's Word in us today.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Clint Eastwood and Paul of Tarsus don't have a lot of common, except that they say a lot of memorable things. What would really make Paul's day, and the day of any spiritual shepherd, is for those under his care to stop being so selfish, start looking out for each other's needs, and have an attitude of servanthood. This is Christlikeness, Christianity, the Church. A little humility goes a long way. So, may God change our mind today, to the mind of Christ, where we think not so much about ourselves, but all those God has placed around us. May we be Christ to them.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Struggles. We all have them. But what to do with them. Of course, God calls on us to bring them to Him, and entrust them to Him. But He also gives us help through brothers and sisters in Christ. He calls on us to help bear one another's burdens, and not add to the burden. We add to each other's burdens when we add false guilt to their sense of guilt for sin and failures, or make it so they are not free to confess it and seek our support. This adds burdens to them and to ourselves, because we have now made a false standard by which we will be judged - our own self-righteousness. Life has enough burdens already. Let's not add them to ourselves or one another. Let's share them and entrust them to Him. May we bear each other's burdens so life is not such a bear!