A MODEL FOR MINISTRY (Part 2)

Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 2:5-12

“You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory.” (I Thessalonians 2:10-12)

Paul continues to develop an explanation for his ministry. In this passage, he describes how he did ministry. He realized how important it was for him to set a godly example . He sought to live out the gospel before those to whom he ministered. He himself sought to live a holy, righteous and blameless life. Of course, he did not always do this. He was a sinner like all of us are, but it was his desire to live his life out in the fruit of the justification he had received by grace through faith. Paul was a justified sinner who was made holy, righteous, and blameless through the atoning work of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Now he desired that his sanctification would be empowered by his justification. He knew he could not live a blameless life without the power of Christ living in him.

His mode of ministry was like that of a father. He dealt with those who believed as a father would deal with his own children. He sought to encourage them. He commended them and expressed his thanksgiving for them. He expressed his love and appreciation for the spiritual growth of the Thessalonians.

Paul sought to comfort the Thessalonians during their times of difficulty, pain and suffering. The Thessalonians had gone through some hard times. They faced opposition and hostility. He came along side of them and showed empathy to them and he expressed his love for them.

But at times he also had to admonish them, to correct them. But he did so as a father would discipline his children out of love. He urged them to live lives worthy of God and reminded them of their calling into God’s kingdom and glory.

Remember that all believers are called to be ministers. We minister to our own families; we have ministry opportunities with our friends, neighbors and work associates. Paul demonstrated how we are to minister to others. Look for ways to apply what we have learned from Paul as we minister to those God brings into our lives.

Lord Jesus, I pray that You grant me the power to live my life this day to Your glory. Enable me by Your grace to live a holy, righteous and blameless life before You and before those whom I serve. Give me wisdom as I minister. Enable me to encourage, comfort and urge those to whom I have the privilege of ministering to live lives worthy of You.

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