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July 14, 2005 Working for Faith

“For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.” 1 Thessalonians 3:5

As Christians, we know that our faith is a gift from God that comes through His grace (Eph 2). We know that there is no work that we can perform in order to attain salvation or impress God. We know that salvation is a total work of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. And yet, we all want to make sure that our labor is not in vain and that we are being fruitful.

The parable of the three servants who each received a certain amount of money from the master demonstrates that we can be wise in our evangelical efforts (See Matthew chapter 25). We can be sure that God will entrust us with what He determines, and we are to “double” or gain interest on that which He has entrusted to us. It is not a works salvation message, but one of stewardship. We are entrusted with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and therefore we should use it carefully and wisely.

Like Paul, I want to know that my ministry here on Access Christian and at the Community Church of Devore is actually producing fruit. I am not talking about money or more projects, but through my personal ministry, people are being drawn closer to Jesus Christ and further away from the tempter’s temptations. I want to know that my labor is not in vain. I work so that the faith of others might grow. When people are growing in their faith, then I grow in my faith towards God a faithful and loving Father.

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