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Keep Serving Faithfully

Matthew 24: 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Jesus again tells us that no one knows when He is going to return, but always be ready. He uses a parable to explain that if we knew, surely we would do what was necessary to be ready. It seems to me that if you want to go to Heaven that you would make that preparation now. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then serve and obey Him and work to grow His Kingdom.

Matthew 24: 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

Jesus has given us the Great Commission, to spread the Gospel of Jesus so others can be saved then make disciples of the new believers. This is something everyone can do without getting permission from anyone or being told by someone to do it. Jesus has already told us. If we are doing this while studying God’s Word, praying for others, and caring for the widows and orphans and the needy; God will give us other things to do. We need to be looking for ways to grow God’s Kingdom.

Matthew 24: 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Knowing that Jesus’ return is certain, but the time unknown should encourage us to want to do all we can to reach as many sinners as we can and share the Gospel of Jesus with them. God wants all people to be saved so we need to be doing His work to make it happen. We cannot sit back and join the world in its wicked ways that are against God’s teachings. God will pronounce judgement on all who reject Jesus, His Son. We can depend on two things to happen: Jesus will return, and God will punish the wicked.

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2 Thessalonians 2: 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Paul is teaching the Thessalonians about the Great Hope we have in Jesus by sharing some truths about God. Salvation is a work of God’s Grace, received by faith. It starts and ends with God. Salvation cannot be earned. When we are saved God has chosen us for a work He has for us to do. The Thessalonians were chosen by God to spread the Gospel to many people by living a Christ-like life as a group which we call our church family. After being saved God through the Holy Spirit begins the process of Sanctification that is not finished till we reach Heaven. This process enables us to allow the Holy Spirit to Glorify Jesus by doing God’s work. The Thessalonians faced all the persecution that we suffer today, so they are still being an example for new believers to grow in Jesus and become great disciples for God. These Christians showed us how we can make a difference in other people’s lives so that they receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior and go to Heaven instead of remaining an unbeliever that rejects Jesus and suffers eternal judgement in the fires of hell. Paul ends by challenging the Thessalonians to stand fast and keep the truths of Salvation they have learned from Paul by personal teaching and then the letters he wrote them. We have the complete Word of God to study so we can do the work God has chosen for us to do to help grow the Kingdom of God. What are you chosen to do?

2 Thessalonians 2: 16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

I like the way the lesson stated Paul’s blessing for the Thessalonians; that they would experience a power rooted in God’s supernatural love and Christ’s ongoing encouragement. What a blessing that is and I believe we can have that blessing if we get close enough to God in our daily walk with God and His Son, Jesus. Verse sixteen tells us Jesus and God have given us every consolation and good hope through grace. Verse seventeen tells us to believe in our hearts that God and Jesus will help us in our good word and work to grow God’s Kingdom. Are you sharing in building God’s Kingdom?

 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Paul prayed for the Thessalonians regularly and asked that they return the favor because he needed prayer continually. He wanted them to pray for two things: that the word of the Lord may have free course and that the Gospel be glorified. Paul wanted God’s word to be taught to new believers then they could teach it to people they would lead to Jesus and keep passing it on. He encouraged them to respect the Gospel and remember how important it is. Paul also wanted them to pray for his safety because some people do not want to hear that they are sinning and on their way to hell, but Jesus can save them if they would repent and believe what He did on the cross for them. Come, accept Jesus, join our church, and become a disciple for Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 3: 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

The last words in verse two are “for all men have not faith”, which means there are nonbelievers in this world that will cause Christians harm. Even friends can let each other down. The only one we can trust to always be there and be truthful is Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit. They will never let you down. Jesus is our salvation and will give us faith, wisdom, and power to stand firm for God. God is greater than any power Satan can give his followers and greater than Satan in Spiritual battles. God cannot be conquered. Paul encourages the Thessalonians that he is confident they will continue to keep serving God and spreading the Gospel as he had taught them to do. Then he told them the Lord would fill their hearts with the Love of God so they would have faith and be patient working to grow His Kingdom till Jesus returned. Are you a strong Christian, growing closer to God and doing the work He has given you to do?

Isaiah 55:11