Today’s reading is 1 Thessalonians 2.
The hardest part of disciple making for me, besides just getting started, is wanting people to like me. I don’t quite understand why. I believe I have the greatest news I can give to others, and yet, I fear they will not like me when we’re done. That brings the temptation to cut corners, leave out bits I think might be unpopular. But Paul sets the example for us. He wasn’t teaching out of any desire for personal profit or pleasure. He wanted to please God who tests our hearts. At the end of our efforts to make disciples, may our goal be not to please men, but to please God. May our goal be not to benefit from the people we teach, but to benefit them with truth that truly saves. What a great opportunity we have. Thank You, God, for this opportunity.
Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Thessalonians 3.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, as you grow up, you will recognize the main choice you have to make every day. The choice is between God and people. The hard part is we see the people, we don’t see God. The hard part is the people react to us immediately, our reaction from God will be known in the end. That is why we are walking by faith. Put your faith in God. Striving to please men is a mixed bag. It can have immediate results, but people are fickle and changing. What pleases them today, frustrates them tomorrow. And in the end, they have no real power or ultimate benefit. God is unchanging. Find what pleases Him through His Word, and live there every day. There is no better way to live in view of eternity.
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