Be A Model
The Apostle Paul visited the city of Thessalonica on one of his missionary journeys (Acts 17). As was his custom, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath to reason with the people from the Scriptures. The Lord brought about spiritual fruit as “some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few of the prominent women” (17:4). However, the ministry there was short-lived: intense Jewish opposition arose and the pair of missionaries reluctantly had to leave.
But Paul’s heart was still in that city; his love for the young church was high. Unable to make a return visit, the apostle sent his trusted friend Timothy to find out how the new believers were faring. The report was good news that brought great encouragement to Paul’s heart (1 Thessalonians 3:2, 6-8). Listen to his commendation of them, “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ . . . you became imitators . . . of the Lord . . . and so you became a model” (1:3-7). This fledging flock faithfully demonstrated their Savior’s love and grace!
I share this because these commendable qualities have been evident in our church. Over the past few months, there have been several occasions where people, both inside and outside the church, have commented on the blessing people from EFCCL have been to them (particularly when they and/or their family were going through a very serious time). It has been demonstrated in various ways – hard work, a servant’s attitude, generosity, being present, providing meals, and comforting words, to name but a few. Christ has been allowed to live His life through His people—the Body has been functioning as He intended! Here are some of the things that have been done for “one another”:
• Loving (John 13:35)
• Carrying burdens (Galatians 6:2)
• Bearing with (Ephesians 4:32)
• Forgiving (Colossians 3:13)
• Teaching and admonishing (Colossians 3:16)
• Encouraging (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
• Spurring on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:25)
• Praying (James 5:16)
• Showing hospitality (1 Peter 4:9)
Praise the Lord for letting us be a light that draws people to the Father! May He continue to encourage our hearts and strengthen us in every good deed and word!
by Tim Bruns, Pastor of Adult and Care Ministries
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