His Power In Us Fulfills Every Good Purpose

Daily God Walk for Monday, September 7, 2009

 We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.          – 2 Thessalonians 1:11

 I have often been amused by new converts who are so excited about what God has done in them that they believe everyone in the world would believe if they just had the chance. With faith, courage and boldness they set out to win the world only to find out that the rest of the world is just as disinterested in hearing the gospel as they were before their conversion.

It has saddened me to watch as these newly enthused believers become disillusioned with witnessing and conclude that “no one wants to hear the gospel.” The fact is that people do not want the gospel preached to them – they want to see it lived before them.

What is the gospel? It is not the doctrine that we have developed from the life of Christ, but it is the effect of the Christ-life. Jesus came with the purpose bringing the good news of restoration to the poor, the broken hearted, the afflicted and the oppressed – and he did restore them.

I believe that Paul’s prayer in this passage is that we who have received the grace of God, and have been empowered by the Holy Spirit, will affect the world with the good works produced by our faith. It is not the words of the gospel that changes lives it is the work of the gospel.

The most respected person of the modern age is a woman who surrendered all of her life to serving needy children in India. Just the mention of Mother Theresa evokes reverence and admiration. The power of this woman of God was not in her words but in her deeds.

Our prayer for the church today should be that we who are believers in the Christ will accept the power he has given us to do the good works of the gospel so that the world will know that God is alive and will give them life.

 Principle: The gospel is more than words – it is the effect of the Christ-life.

 Affirmation: I serve others so they will hear what they see.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to show the world the good purposes you have placed in me by serving them with good works. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 43   – Jeremiah 5-6 – 1 Thessalonians 1 – Proverbs 7

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