My Musings – “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Really? Well, family certainly. Friends, possibly. Partners in the Gospel? Well, maybe not every time. But you see they don’t always share equally in the partnership.
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.” With joy? All, all, always? Well maybe not all my prayers. Maybe not all of them. Maybe not always with joy. But you, know, some times they disappoint me.
“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” Confident? But you don’t know them like I do. They’ve wandered. They’re inconsistent. They’re far from complete.
Always Thankful – We have the family, friends and partners in the Gospel that God put in our lives. And He put us in theirs. If we are not thanking God every time we remember them, maybe it is us who are not sharing equally?
Always Pray With Joy – In all our prayers, if we don’t pray for them with joy, maybe we aren’t as thankful as we should be. If we were, wouldn’t we always be joyful when we prayed for them?
Confident of Completion – If God did begin the good work, He will bring it to completion. If we lack confidence in this we are focusing too much on the wandering and inconsistency and not enough on the “author and perfecter of our faith.“
My Advice – Always thank God when you remember the people in your life. They are a gift to you and you are a gift to them. Pray with joy in all your prayers for all the people in your life. They may not always make you happy. Don’t let those periodic lapses and disappointments rob you of your joy because of them. Place your confidence in God. That He will complete what He started in their lives. Don’t let their temporary detours cause you to lose confidence in their ultimate destination. Be encouraged.
Read the text again. Wouldn’t you like to have people in your life that are like Paul? Then why not “do unto others what you would have them do unto you?” What would our family, friends and Gospel partnership relationships be like if we did? Talk about thankfulness. Talk about joyfulness. Talk about confidence. All wrapped up in a passion for Christlikeness.
Today’s musing was inspired by Pastor Kevin Rutledge’s sermon “Fueled Relationships” on September 8, 2019. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you too.