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December 4th, 2015

The True Heart of Ministry

“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (ESV)

Paul delivers for us in his first letter to the Thessalonian church a perfect picture of a shepherd’s heart in ministry. He is writing to the church in response to a number of issues, including a number regarding his character. In an effort to squelch the growing Christian church, the Jewish elites of the day who enjoyed the security and prosperity the Roman Empire provided for them began to suggest that Paul was only in Thessalonica for personal gain, not for the sake of the gospel. They wanted to call his character and motivation for ministry into question in order to protect their power. Paul responds by reminding the church of his devotion to them, not for monetary gain but in response to deep, convicting love. Indeed, he loved them so much that he was willing to not only share the message of Jesus with them but also his very life!

Is there a more perfect picture of Christian community and ministry? We are not simply to share words with one another or passing salutations; we are called to invest our lives in one another. This, of course, means a greater commitment on our part but also a greater reward. The type of community Paul exhibits is what we all long for. We want people to know us fully and still accept us. We want to know we are valued, and what greater way can that be seen than by someone giving all of themselves to us?

Now, some people you invest in will leave; some will abandon you. This type of ministry almost guarantees you will get hurt, but for all the heartache, there is a beautiful silver lining knowing that many have come to a vibrant, joy-filled walk with the Lord because of your personal investment in them.

Will you fully invest your life in ministry? Will you love people as passionately as Paul did? I pray you will because deep inside you know that you need it and those around you need it.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Intentionality, Ministry, Thessalonians.
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December 4th, 2012

The True Heart of Ministry

“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (ESV)

Paul delivers for us in his first letter to the Thessalonian church a perfect picture of a shepherd’s heart in ministry. He is writing to the church in response to a number of issues, including a number regarding his character. In an effort to squelch the growing Christian church, the Jewish elites of the day who enjoyed the security and prosperity the Roman Empire provided for them began to suggest that Paul was only in Thessalonica for personal gain, not for the sake of the gospel. They wanted to call his character and motivation for ministry into question in order to protect their power. Paul responds by reminding the church of his devotion to them, not for monetary gain but in response to deep, convicting love. Indeed, he loved them so much that he was willing to not only share the message of Jesus with them but also his very life!

Is there a more perfect picture of Christian community and ministry? We are not simply to share words with one another or passing salutations; we are called to invest our lives in one another. This, of course, means a greater commitment on our part but also a greater reward. The type of community Paul exhibits is what we all long for. We want people to know us fully and still accept us. We want to know we are valued, and what greater way can that be seen than by someone giving all of themselves to us?

Now, some people you invest in will leave; some will abandon you. This type of ministry almost guarantees you will get hurt, but for all the heartache, there is a beautiful silver lining knowing that many have come to a vibrant, joy-filled walk with the Lord because of your personal investment in them.

Will you fully invest your life in ministry? Will you love people as passionately as Paul did? I pray you will because deep inside you know that you need it and those around you need it.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 331:  1 & 2 Thessalonians)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Intentionality, Ministry, Thessalonians.
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