Devotion to the Gospel

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 (ESV)

For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

Paul preached the Gospel of Jesus wherever he went. He did not do it out of an attempt to get wealthy, or even pay his bills. In other places in the Scriptures, it talks about him being a tentmaker. He worked to pay his own way. Although Jesus said that the worker is worthy of his wage, Paul worked to pay his own way. He did not want anyone to accuse him of doing it for any ulterior motives.

I am certain that Paul took some money at times from different churches, in fact, he commended a couple in his letters for their support. But that was probably after the initial time that he introduced the Gospel to them. Some of that was in the letters written while in prison for the Gospel, so he may not have been able to earn his own way at that point.

So where am I going with this? Paul spoke about Jesus. He proclaimed the good news. He did not expect adulations, or special treatment. Yet today we have many televangelists who are seeking your money and mine. They have become very wealthy preaching.

But our calling is to preach the Gospel to all. Wherever we go, we should be spreading the good news. We are to be about our Father’s business. So be ready at all times to give an explanation for your faith.

Thank You, Jesus for calling me. Thank You for loving me when I have not been loveable. Help me to serve You each day.

by Virgil Stripes

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