2 Thessalonians 3
The end of another book.
While we are waiting for the return of Jesus here are some things we can do:
1. Pray for the workers who are out there spreading The news that Jesus has come to forgive our sins.
“As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”
Wim and Jennifer Dufoort
Chris Bowman and his wife Vicky
Marc O’Dare Shaw and his wife Kathy
Rory Lewellyn and his wife Debbie Lewellyn
Brandon Bee and his wife Leanne Bee
Just a few that I know. Please join me in praying for them.
I’m not sure what all has to happen before Jesus comes back but when the very last person who will accept the message of salvation has heard about Jesus, I think he will come and get us. We should be praying for these to get those. And let us not forget our own role in sharing Jesus with our world, our neighbors and coworkers and friends, The folks we see everyday.
2. Work. Earn the bread we eat.
“For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”’
3. Live a life that reflects Jesus. Live morally, with grace and mercy.
“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn him as you would a brother.”
My shift is almost over. I just want to finish up and go home.
I will end today with what I grew up hearing at the beginning of every sermon,
“Grace and peace to you, from God our father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
(Originally posted 2/5/2016)