A WORD IN PASSING September 2017
'.. when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it
not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in
you who believe.' 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Paul. Silas and Timothy were men, 'approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.' Ambassadors of
Jesus Christ who sought not 'to please men but God, who tests our hearts.' 2:14. Important though it was
that their integrity could be testified to by the people among whom they had ministered, it was of far
greater importance that Paul and his fellow missioners could call upon God Himself as witness to their
faithfulness in His service.
In His service. That was the crux of the matter. It was because God was honoured in their ministry; it
was because their work was pleasing to Him; because their hearts were set on His service and none
other, that their ministry had been blessed. They had been called into God's service and when a man or
women is called into God's service (as all Christians are) - there can be no room whatsoever for divided
loyalties. We are called to, "Love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all our heart and with all our
soul,' Deut 11:13. Nothing less will do.
We cannot hide anything - deeds, motives, actions, inaction. Other Christians might be fooled as easily as
other men and women, but God cannot. If as a Christian, or as a Christian Church, you are not
seeking first and foremost to serve and please God He knows and His blessing will be bestowed elsewhere.
Only with God in His rightful place - on the throne of our heart, as the Head of His body the Church, with
no heart-rivals or competing idols to grieve His Spirit - will the true showers of blessing fall.
As a Christian, as a Church - who are you trying to please? Is it the word of God at work in and through
you, or have you resigned that role to something or someone else?