1 Thessalonians 2:1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain.
Our verse today is a small but mighty. It begs the question How do you know if your hard work is in vain? People in every nation cry out from the grime and soiled effort of their work with this question. Every young mother and house wife asks this during midnight feedings or over a hot stove. We want to know if our efforts will be recognized for the good we serve. We want to know if we are working hard for nothing, leaving zero effect on future generations. Is this effort in vain? Is it a waste of time or will it produce results, and to what end? What is the bottom line? What is the profit?
Paul goes on to say;
1 Thess. 2:2; But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
He adds here that they basically had to walk through fire to get the Word to these people. I sure hope it wasn’t in vain. But how did he know it wasn’t?
1 Thess. 2:3; For our exhortation [was] not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
Oh and…they walked through that fire for pure reasons with a good heart/attitude. All for what?
1 Thess. 2:3; But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
Ahh and there it is the real gem of a reason why he would go through all that.
1 Thess. 2:4; For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God [is] witness:
1 Thess. 2:5; Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor [yet] of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
1 Thess. 2:6; But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
Paul and his crew fought for these people. They put their lives on the line for them because God asked him to not men. The true sign of a man not working in vain is when he does what he does for God. They brought real deliverance to these people even though it was refused by so many others. They walked in great love (agape) once they got there. Here are the real signs of leadership and not being in vain in your efforts.
- You do what you do for the right reason. Check you motives. Are they pure? Is there some profit that God will see? Are you allowing him to try your heart in this endeavor? Are you allowing him to ask you why you are doing what you do?
- Once you have their attention do you give them real deliverance with the Word? Some take away that they can practice?
- Are you treating those following you with the utmost care and respect?
- Do you have people following your example like Paul said in his addressing the Thessalonians. 1 Thess. 1:3; Remembering 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. He was remembering their work and faith and love. That’s the bottom line. Are the people you are leading stepping up to lead?
Empowering young, new, strong-minded leaders is my goal in Supporting Godly Women. But only God knows who they are and what to say to help them and how to love them as if they were my own children. When you get to that point…you know your work is never in vain.
God Bless you today!
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