Churches Should Be Model for Others

While We Wait for Christ’s Return –

Our Churches Should be Models for Others

Not only are individuals held accountable for how we live, but churches are accountable for their testimony in their communities.

“We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, since your faith is flourishing and the love each one of you has for one

another is increasing. II Thess. 1:3

How would you rate the church’s relationship with God? Is faith continuing to grow?  Is your church consistently trusting God?  How would you rate

relationships within the church? Is love increasing?  Love should define God’s people.  I John 4:7-8

Now let’s ask some difficult questions.  How has your church handled pressure, painful trials, or difficult experiences?

Imagine an obstacle course.  Usually participants face a number of challenges they must endure and overcome in a certain amount of time. Purposes might include assessing speed, dexterity, and mental ability.  Successful completion of a course might provide physical and mental benefits of strength and confidence.

“Therefore, we ourselves boast about you among God’s churches – about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and afflictions that you are enduring.” II Thess. 1:4

Have you ever considered your life journey to be a series of challenges, obstacles, trials that God might use for His purposes?

Based on Timothy’s report, Paul was able to affirm the endurance of the Thessalonians.  Furthermore, Paul acknowledges that he did not have anything to do with their persevering faith; it was all God’s power – God at work!

Does your church draw closer to Him in times of trials?  Does your church acknowledge His strength?

“In view of this, we always pray for you that our God will make you worthy of his calling, and by his power fulfill your every desire to do good and your work produced by faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified by you, and you by him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  II Thess. 1:11-12

So the purpose of challenges?  For the glory of God.  Bring glory inside the church by encouraging the faithfulness of members.  Bring glory outside the church as members reflect the character and nature of our Lord.  The goal for all believers is to bring honor to Jesus Christ.

To quote an old sports adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

 

Janice Ramsey