Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inspiration and Challenge from Paul

It is amazing what insights you glean when you dig a little deeper ... imagine the treasure hunter in search of a something spectacular ... dig, dig, dig in the sand and then not dig deep enough to unearth something marvelous.

So often it is maybe what we do when we read the Word of God. We dig a little, but give up too soon to earth something wonderful ... something life changing.

I was recently asked to write a devotion for an online devotional program called VERTICAL hosted by Chase Oaks Church. In order to write a devotional you need to dig a little deeper... : )

The passage I was given was 1 Thessalonians 1 v. 1-10 which you can read HERE.


Here are my thoughts:

I find this letter to the Thessalonians both inspiring and challenging.

Here are some lessons we can learn from the Thessalonians:

The inspiration:

They were a group of people who opened their hearts to God and let themselves be changed by God.

The challenge:

Are we stuck in our relationship with God? Should we open our hearts anew to what HE wants do in in our lives?

The inspiration:

They allowed other people (Paul, Silas and Timothy) to challenge them and speak truth into their lives.


The challenge:

Do we get defensive when those around us challenge us? Is it time to listen to what we hear and respond accordingly?

The inspiration:

The Thessalonians went out of their way to be welcoming to Paul, Silas and Timothy.

The challenge:

Do we show hospitality to those around us without grumbling?

The inspiration:

They became an example to others of exemplary living. There reputation preceded them!

The challenge:

Is your lifestyle a good example? What is your reputation like?

The inspiration:

They received Paul and co into their homes and lives, listened and heeded their words and acted on it in such a way that they themselves became examples of Christian living. It is a fantastic example of “iron sharpens iron”.

The challenge:

If this passage had to be capsulated into one concept, I would call it community.
Do you allow others to positively affect your life in order for you to positively affect other’s lives?

Blessings,

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