By Mary J. Yerkes
Today's Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8
Central Thought: We should share ourselves as well as our faith with others.
I watched the new mother as she cradled her tiny baby. How gentle and tender was her every touch. She had labored to bring this little bundle into the world and now she was ready to protect and care for her. Sleepless nights were forgotten as she gently rocked her baby.
The Apostle Paul uses this imagery to describe his relationship with the Thessalonian believers. 'We were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.” The Thessalonians weren't numbers or statistics to Paul; they were people he truly cared for. He spoke of them with tender words, affectionate and dear.
As a mother sets aside her own needs for her children, Paul shared his faith without making any demands on the church. He preached the gospel without greed or wanting any glory or reward. Not only did he share his faith with them, he shared his very life with them.
God brings people into each of our lives that need to hear a clear gospel message. The best sermon they will ever hear preached is the faith that we daily live out before them. Our faith is most clearly shared when we share our lives with others. We live in a lost world, full of broken, hurting people. They are looking for a real faith shared by real people. We are challenged today to lay down our lives for others. Let's share our faith with gentleness and compassion.
Devotional Prayer: Father, help me to share my faith with others out of compassion and genuine care.
Today's Bible Reading: Jeremiah 12:1-14:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:9; Psalm 79:1-13; Proverbs 24:30-34