Our Lives Make a Difference Teaching
Our Lives Make a Difference
Stop and think right now what believer has made the greatest impression on your life?
Who do you most want to be like?
Perhaps it’s their care and concern for you, maybe it’s the Word that they know and live.
Why don’t you take a minute right now and write down who that person is. Put down what you like about them? What makes them an example to you? Is it their willingness to serve or their love of the Word?
1 Thessalonians 1:2-9 2We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. 7So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
Look at what Paul says to and about the Thessalonians. I listed eight items below that he mentions!
- Work of believing
- Labour of love.
- Patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ
- Gospel came not in Word only but also in power and the holy spirit.
- Became Followers of us and of the Lord.
- For from you sounded out the Word of the Lord.
- Faith to God-ward is spread abroad.
- Turned from Idols to serve the living God
What a Difference these Thessalonians must have made on the lives of others!! Look at the list of incredible things the Apostle Paul says about them.
What about you?
You also make a difference in the live of others!
Look at the Work of Believing
As you believe and grow in Christ it’s important to recognize how important you are to God. Your work of believing will be recognized by those who care to see.
Before I go any further let me share with you the great believing my wife has to be healed. “In the winter this year she came to me with a sore throat and asked me to pray for her. With believing I ministered to her and she got instantly healed. About three days later she came to me and said that she did something to her foot and asked me to pray for her. Again I prayed for her with the same results she got healed. About a week later she came to me with a sore throat and requested that I pray for her. So I ministered healing to her again and she got healed again. The woman has great believing, and love which energizes that believing.”
My believing and her work of believing together are an incredible combination. It makes a difference.
Labour of Love
As a parent I can fully relate to this labour of love. There are some things I’ve done for my children that I certainly would not have done if I didn’t love them.
We believed God, and nurtured our son back to health when the doctor said he had asthma and allergies forever. At a very young age my son was on a nebulizer. Today he is healed and healthy. For a parent nothing hurts more than to see your child with major health problems. When your child gets sick in the middle of the night and the parent has to clean it up that’s a labour of love.
As a fellowship coordinator for many years I recognize the labour of love and care and concern, a fellowship coordinator has for each believer in the fellowship. Overseeing individual lives is a work of love.
Patience of Hope
24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
The Thessalonians had the hope of Jesus Christ’s return always in the forefront of their thinking.
Every time a believer speaks in tongues it is absolute proof that Jesus Christ is coming back. So walk by the spirit on a daily basis and speak the Word with boldness. Look forward to that blessed hope with great anticipation and believing.
Gospel came not in Word only but also in power and the holy spirit.
Wow and double Wow. A believer walking the Word and operating the gift of holy spirit walks in POWER.
A very dear friend of mine was at a backyard picnic when a child broke her leg. It was so bad you could see the bone sticking out the skin. My friend prayed for the child. As she prayed the leg snapped back together and the child was healed instantly and went off and continued playing.
Tell people of your victories, how God has blessed you. Walk on the Word and in the power of the holy spirit God gave you. It will leave a lasting impression
The importance of your life can never be underestimated. Each one of you is so vital to God.
Our Faith to God-ward is Spread Abroad.
Years ago I was involved in the out reach of the greatness of God’s Word with three wonderful friends.
When a man came up to us and adamantly disagreed with us, and the Word we were sharing. He was so forceful and upsetting that we had to dismiss ourselves because there was no meekness in his heart. As we walked home and talked the Word and what happened amongst ourselves. This elderly woman who we did not know came walking over to us and said, “I think what you boys are doing is wonderful.” We thanked her, she walked away and we never saw her again. God sent this woman to minister to us. It made me realize that our believing faith was being spread abroad and this woman recognized that what we were doing was important and she let us know. We made an impression on her.
Which brings me to this record in 1 Corinthians!
1 Corinthians 12
12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14For the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. 25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Don’t ever discount yourself or your importance to God. It’s so vital to realize that each believer in the body of Christ is the apple of God’s eye. No one person is more important to God than any other. You are the center of His attention, and where you are placed in the body pleases God. No other person has your exact qualities, skills and abilities to minister. What you say to another may be just what they need to hear to get healing or eliminate some fear that they have. Remember the person that ministered healing to Saul (Paul) was a regular disciple just like you and me.
So do not compare yourself with others in the body. Recognize who you are in Christ and walk out on believing, and Love, and God will be with you every step of the Way. He loves you more than you will ever know.
I know that I did not hit all of the eight items. I left some for you to work and enjoy. There is much more that I could write, but if I added the detail I could add, this twenty minute teaching could turn into hours.
I sure love you!