Friday, May 30, 2014

1 Thessalonians 2:4

1 Thessalonians 2:4 – On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men, but God, who tests our hearts.

       Who are you trying to please? Fear of man is one of the biggest hindrances we face in our lives. Especially these days; you can be sued for saying the “wrong” thing. Every word you speak is scrutinized by those around you. People are looking to blame their situation on something or someone and you could end up being their target. So we do have to be careful of our words, but we also need to speak the truth. Who are you trying to please?
       As children of God our desire should be to please Him above all else. He should be our everything and the reality of it is that if you are relying on Him and trusting Him to lead you, He will also give you the words to say. As His children He has entrusted you with the gospel. That means that God trusts you to portray the message of His Son, Jesus, in a way that is glorifying to Him.
Think about your testimony. This is the story of how you came to know God and how God delivered you from who you were. Other people might try and share your story, but it will not be as accurate. They weren’t there; they didn’t experience the change in their heart the way you did. It’s possible that they could screw it up and portray you in a light that is contrary to your story.  Their portrayal of you might not even be dignifying.
That’s how it is for God when He entrusts you with the story of His Son. You weren’t there. Your interpretation is second hand, but He still trusts you. That is an honor that we should all take more seriously. So as you speak the gospel remember who you are trying to please and speak in a way that honors God.

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