“remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.” 1 Thess 1:3
It is pertinent for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that elects are divinely appointed to make an impact for Jesus. Why me? Each elect needs to be an evangelist. Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.
Think about the day you got saved by the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. As for me, I remember how clean I felt after making my confession of faith in the Gospel Word of the water and Spirit. I remember the joy that was in my heart when I realized my sins were forgiven forever. I also remember the desire that I had to see others being saved by this beautiful Gospel. Over the years, I never failed to witness the Gospel that saved me no matter what the circumstances was. Our church will never rise higher than the leadership. Everything in the church rises and falls in leadership. At NCCkl, our battle cry is for souls, fighting till the end and never to give up to any other gospel besides the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that saved our souls. In 1 Thess 1:3, Paul shows three evidences of a life that has an impact for Jesus Christ.
Elect’s Life That Is Marked By Change
Let your lives prove the change of heart. I am afraid there are going to be some who think that they are saved, who in reality are still lost. Show me a life that has no real change and I will show you a life that does not have Christ. 2 Cor 5:17; Eze 18:31; Rom 6:4-6 Anyone who rejects or is not completely faithful to the Gospel of God’s Righteousness and its clear teaching is usually lost. Mt 5:20; Mt 7:18-23; 1 John 5:21 Someone may be thinking that I am judging them and trying to make them doubt their salvation. Let me warn them of the thoughts that Satan will try to fill their hearts. Satan will try to convince them that everything is okay. True change is when an elect’s life is marked by a change of direction and a desire to serve the living and true God. 1 Thess 1:9; Phil 3:10a; Mt 5:6.
Elect’s Life That Is Marked By Commitment
If an elect say that he or she is saved and do not serve God, that person is a spiritual fraud. 1 Thess 2:3-5 When we do not serve God, we have a love problem. Remember when Peter denied the Lord Jesus three times. When the Lord showed up on the shore with breakfast, I believe Peter had a hard time looking Jesus in the face. Instead, Christ, I believe, took him alone and dealt with the root of Peter’s sin. John 21:15-17 If we don’t have a genuine commitment to Christ, then we have a love problem. When we don’t read the Word, we have a love problem. When we don’t pray, we have a love problem. When we don’t witness, we have a love problem. When we are not faithful to the things of God, we have a love problem. The commitment to Christ means following His command. John 14:15; John 15:14; 1 John 3:22 Elects share the fellowship of the suffering Messiah and are called to preach the Gospel without fear or favor by the power of the Holy Spirit. We have been sealed as God’s possession and have crossed over into the Kingdom of God. The decision has been made. We are not going to look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. Our past is redeemed, our present makes sense and our future is secure. Our goal is heaven, our road is narrow, our way rough, our companions few, our Guide reliable and our mission clear. We cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turn back or deluded. We are disciples of Jesus. We must serve until He comes, offer ourselves until we run dry, preach until all know the Gospel and work until God stops us. When Jesus comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing us – our banner will be clear.
Elect’s Life That Is Marked By A Confidence
This ‘patience of hope’ in verse 3 means a steadfastness. The Thessalonians had been saved only for three weeks and they lost their pastor. Yet, they were steadfast and geared up to the return of Jesus Christ. 1 Thess 1:10; 1 Thess 2:19; 1 Thess 4:13-18 The foundation of this confidence is rested solely on their faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus lives, we can face tomorrow. Jesus lives and all fear is gone. We know who holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives. The fulfilment of the confidence is that Jesus rescued the believers through His baptism, death and resurrection. Jesus rescued us from the wrath to come, from power of the devil and eternal damnation. The Thessalonians were under fire but did not quit. They had the confidence that Jesus would come again and they wanted to be found waiting and working for Him.
Why me? Are our lives having an impact for Christ? Will NCCkl have an impact on the lost souls in these last days? We could if our lives are marked by a change, commitment and a confidence in Christ Jesus.