Thessalonians – Hope
It will be worth it all,
when we see Jesus!
Life’s trials will seem so small
when we see Christ.
One glimpse of his dear face,
all sorrow will erase.
So, bravely run the race
till we see Christ.
Paul exudes this praise for those he loves and continues to tell the truth of Christ. With a pastor’s heart, he tells the Thessalonians that he longs to see the joy on their faces because of their faith in Christ. He thanks God for them. He prays day and night to see them again. But, alas, he is sitting in a dark jail cell in the ground. Not to worry, says Paul, “It’s part of our calling.”
1 Thessalonians 3 worth itThe positive influence Paul has for all people gathered in groups who love and follow Jesus is astounding. Instead of succumbing to troubles he is problem solver as he continues to proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord while encouraging those he loves by confidently telling about Jesus’ return someday. Yes, “It’s part of our calling.”
Sometimes the day seems long,
Our trials hard to bear.
We´re tempted to complain,
to murmur and despair.
But Christ will soon appear
to catch his bride away!
All tears forever over
in God’s eternal day!
Paul trusts others to go in person to the people he loves. It’s not as important that he goes himself as it is that those he loves in the faith be encouraged. So, he sends Timothy to “cheer” them on in their walk, “so you wouldn’t be discouraged by these hard times.” At this time, Christians are maimed and/or put to death because of faith in Jesus Christ. We have hard times here, but nothing to compare with the circumstances in Paul’s times. Hard times…”It’s part of our calling.” (Pray for those who suffer the same kind of torture for their faith in other countries now.)
At times the sky seems dark,
with not a ray of light;
We’re tossed and driven on,
no human help in sight.
But there is One in heaven,
Who knows our deepest care;
Let Jesus solve your problems,
just go to him in prayer.
“Not that troubles should come as any surprise to you,” says Paul. “When we were with you, we made it quite clear that there was trouble ahead.” Jesus said the same thing to his followers when he walked this earth! No, not a surprise. As believers we are not exempt from troubles or circumstances that the world has to offer or by our own human mistakes. BUT we have power through Jesus, Christ living in us, to overcome and be more than conquerors!! That is also “part of our calling!”
Life’s day will soon be o’re,
all storms forever past;
We’ll cross the great divide
to Glory, safe at last!
We’ll share the joys of heaven:
a harp, a home, a crown;
The tempter will be banished,
We’ll lay our burdens down.
It will be worth it all,
when we see Jesus!
Life’s trials will seem so small
when we see Christ.
One glimpse of his dear face,
all sorrow will erase.
So, bravely run the race
till we see Christ.
1 Thessalonians 3, The Message
1-2 So when we couldn’t stand being separated from you any longer and could find no way to visit you ourselves, we stayed in Athens and sent Timothy to get you up and about, cheering you on so you wouldn’t be discouraged by these hard times. He’s a brother and companion in the faith, God’s man in spreading the Message, preaching Christ.
3-5 Not that the troubles should come as any surprise to you. You’ve always known that we’re in for this kind of thing. It’s part of our calling. When we were with you, we made it quite clear that there was trouble ahead. And now that it’s happened, you know what it’s like. That’s why I couldn’t quit worrying; I had to know for myself how you were doing in the faith. I didn’t want the Tempter getting to you and tearing down everything we had built up together.
6-8 But now that Timothy is back, bringing this terrific report on your faith and love, we feel a lot better. It’s especially gratifying to know that you continue to think well of us, and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you! In the middle of our trouble and hard times here, just knowing how you’re doing keeps us going. Knowing that your faith is alive keeps us alive.
9-10 What would be an adequate thanksgiving to offer God for all the joy we experience before him because of you? We do what we can, praying away, night and day, asking for the bonus of seeing your faces again and doing what we can to help when your faith falters.
11-13 May God our Father himself and our Master Jesus clear the road to you! And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you. May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers.
1 Thessalonians 3 JesusDear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for reminding us not to give up. It’s part of our calling to give our all to you, to love you back, to love others like you love us and to tell what we know about you…even in times of trouble. We are more than conquerors of trouble and stuff evil throws at us because of your power living in us. You ARE coming back to claim as your own. Continue to transform me. Transform your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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