1 Thessalonians 1
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,
Paul’s ministry at Thessalonica was an especially rewarding one. He gave them the word of God and they received it and their lives were changed by it. He gave them his loving nurture and they received it. So changed were they that they became an example to other churches of how to come to Christ. It was to this church that Paul penned the word, “you are our joy and our crown.”
So Paul can begin this letter with thanksgiving from the heart; Paul and his travelling companions always thanked God for this church. But notice this, even though they had fully received the word of God from the messenger of God, Paul still took time to pray for them. Let us remember that even when people are doing well that they still need our prayers.
In his prayers, Paul thanked God specifically for their work of faith, their labor of love, and their patience of hope all in the Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of God. It is a joy when someone you have spiritually cared for does well before God. There are plenty of disappointments in this life. There are many whom we pray for that they will do better. What a joy it is to thank God for those who are doing well in Him.
Whom do you thank God for? Who in your life have you been able to influence for Christ’s sake that is doing well and brings you joy? The more you invest in others the more opportunities you will have for rejoicing. I often tell people to get out of themselves and get into someone else. Go volunteer somewhere, go read to someone in a nursing home, volunteer at a rescue mission or at a woman’s shelter, spend time helping at Feed My Starving Children, get involved with the school band or choir program, find ways to invest into others and pray for opportunities to point them to Jesus. Before long, you will have those in your life that you thank God for whose faith you helped direct to Christ.
I am leaving for the weekly service at Sunrise Assisted Living shortly. Pray for God to use His word to speak to men and women there.
Pray for a friend in depression to come back to the truth they once knew.
I am going to have a good washing machine for sale pretty soon. If you know of anyone who needs one let me know.
Have a great day in the Lord,