Thursday, March 8
"God is not unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to do so."
How awesome is that! He'll not forget the work we do for God's people that has been done because of our love for Him. Ministering to God's people should never be viewed as a burden or a duty. If that's how we feel, then we need to get our heart and mind back in tune with the heart and mind of God. When we're out of tune we lose “the JOY of our salvation” (Psalm 51:12), and it all becomes drudgery.
In 1 Peter 4:10, the great Apostle Peter admonishes us “... As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ... “. His point is, God has gifted each of us in special ways, and the purpose of the gifts is for us to help and encourage others in their spiritual growth. If we fail to use our spiritual gifts as good stewards, then we are certainly not pleasing God. There are times when I hear people say things like, “well I can't work with so-and-so because I don't like them.” Guess what? Nowhere in scripture does it say we have to like someone. What it does say is that we are to LOVE them.
There are many verses that say “love one another”; “love the brethren”; “they will know we are Christians by our love,” etc. etc. etc. The Greek word translated “love” in each of these verses is not the emotional mushy kind of love that includes liking someone. That is the word 'Phileo'. The word used instead is the word 'Agape,' which is the intentionally sacrificial kind of love exemplified in the familiar John 3:16 passage: “For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE …..”. He gave. He sacrificed His Son, Jesus. In the same way we are to love both the Saints inside the Church and the sinners outside the Church. Love them by ministering to them in their need and sacrificing for them.
If we are faithful, use the gifts God has given to us, and minister in the name of Jesus, one day we will hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master!” Matthew 25:23
Pray that God’s Holy Spirit would empower you with a servant’s heart, and help you to be faithful to the tasks to which He has entrusted you.
- Pastor Glen