I came across them Image that I had posted onto Facebook today. I posted it about 3 years ago and I couldn’t remember the context in which it was posted. I hadn’t left any description with it or anything. That brought me to realize that I had gone through a period in life where I posted things trying to be close to God and was really just jumping over peoples head. I was expecting them to take interest in the picture just because I posted it. Yes there are people out there who might have taken a look at this image and looked up the scripture for the context but I feel they would have been disappointed. I went back today and read the scriptures in the photo and I don’t see the correlation.
However there is some really good text that is associated with those verses something that I could have just shared with people without just posting a frivolous picture. The text says
“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14-17 KJV
Paul is giving some very good teaching in the farewell to the people of Thessaloniki. But instead of sharing the words I shared a picture. I could have pulled out verse 16 its simple two words “Rejoice Evermore” or verse 17 “Pray Without Ceasing” ; but I missed that opportunity. Since I missed that opportunity to share some important points in Gods word I even missed something that Paul stated in the very beginning of this section he said in verse 12 “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you”.
That is why I chose that verse to title the blog for today. We have to know who labors with you. You may ask why is this important. I feel that it is important because if you understand the people that God has placed around you; you will better understand how to minister to them. That is the same with our families. If we understand more about them then the better off we will be when it comes to reaching them. I wonder how many people I have missed because I did not understand the people who I have labored with.
Who are you Laboring with? How can they help them? How can you help them? Answer those questions and go out and do those things and make a difference in the lives of many.
Yours In Christ,
A Christian Dad