This morning I was reading, and a couple verses literally jumped off the page [ok, screen] at me. It’s amazing the living and active nature of God’s Word, and today, I thought they’d potentially encourage someone today.
It’s in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12. Here’s what it says… "So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of His call. May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with Him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ."
There’s so much here, but the part that really grabbed my heart this morning was the simple prayer, the ordinary phrase that Paul prays for these people in a place called Thessolonica… “May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”
Ya know, as we’re working to #StartBELIEVING in February, there are moments when it feels overwhelming. Completely overwhelming. When our dreams are bigger than our resources. When the needs are larger than our ability to provide. When our future looks so bright but our present is a grind. There’s something in me that thinks we just need to put our head down, just work a little harder, just get through this week, or just make one more call. However, we’re tired. Spent. Traveling to speak, building a team, launching a church, and updating a building will do that to ya. So yes, we must work it, and we do. We will. But for me, as I read I just felt like Paul was a pastor to me, and this morning it’s like he looked me in the eye and spoke a blessing, a word [cue the organ], into my life. “May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do."
This didn’t get started because of an idea, but because of a step of faith.
This won’t get going without a daily infilling of His power through the Holy Spirit.
This can’t be for any other reason than the good of our city… it’s why we’re here.
So, I did what I should this morning… I received it. I believe it. I’m walking in and thanking God for the power to accomplish all the good things my faith prompts me to do. Not for my credit, but for His. Not because I’ve don’e something to deserve this kind of love, but because of His grace. I may not see it yet, but I believe it; therefore, I will see it.
I don’t know where you are or when you’re reading this, but know this… whatever you’ve embarked on, whatever place your faith has led you to… I’m praying for you that God would give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. It may be sharing with someone in need. It may be having a conversation with someone who needs it. It may be investing in a ministry. It may be spending extra time with your family. It may mean getting involved in a church. I don’t know what it is, but I’m praying for you what Paul prayed. May He give you the power to accomplish it.