Keeping a Record

Posted by on Sep 14, 2009 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
– 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (ESV)

It seems that our human nature gets the best of us sometimes in how we remember people. More often than not, we may recollect the negative things of people instead of the positives.

In looking at Paul’s introduction in his letter to the Thessalonians, he recalls lots of things about these people for whom he is deeply concerned regarding their faith during persecution. Chapter 1 contains many things he remembers about these people, how they heard the gospel, what they did when they heard it, and how they spread the good news.

After he shares his thankfulness to God for them, he lists three things about them as a result of their faith:

  1. their work of faith,
  2. their labor of love, and
  3. their steadfastness of hope.

I challenged the ladies last week to contemplate how a list about them would read based on comments from those who led them to Christ. These comments would be a list of strengths of their faith now after they have grown in their walk with Christ.

So, now I challenge you with the same thought to ponder.

Take it one step further today, too. What would your list in a letter to one you led to Christ say about that person’s faith and growth in Christ?

If this exercise is a bit difficult for you, take a deep breath and ask God to remind you of where He has brought you from where you were. Then, ask Him to reveal to you the things that please Him in your walk, your ministry, etc.

When you contemplate someone else over whom you’ve had influence, find a time to let them know how you see evidence of Christ in their lives manifested in their living.

Keeping a list of good things is a ….good thing.

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