13 July 2015

OUR FINAL INSTRUCTION TO A HEALTHY CHURCH (PART 1)


1 Thess 5:12-14

What is the number one thing that gets overlooked by most us, especially us men when we buy something? Whether it is at: Best Buy, Costco, Wal-Mart, IKEA, the Pharmacy,Parts-Source, even when you buy a car, whether its used or brand new. Each one of these places or items has something in common! They all come with a instruction booklet or manual. A manual is supplied by the Company to provide him / her [meaning you and me] with a step-by-step instructions on how to set up and operate a franchised unit to the specifications and standards of the franchise. Basically, the instruction booklet or manual, shows you how to maintain and use the product properly, so that it last for many years down the road. The manual shows you how:
  • To clean you’re electronic properly.
  • To put your new purchase together (table/entertainment unit).
  • How many times of day you're to take your medication.
  • To install that part correctly to your car or truck.
  • Maintain and preserve your vehicle so that it runs at its best and last’s for many years to come.
Why does everything we buy come with an instruction manual? The answer is simple! It’s important and vital for the purchaser...so that they get many years out of their purchase. If we didn’t pay attention to the manual or the warning devices we could be in serious trouble!!! For example in 1984, an Avianca Airlines jet crashed in Spain. Investigators studying the accident made an eerie discovery. The "black box" cockpit recorders revealed that several minutes before impact a high-pitched, computer-synthesized voice from the plane's automatic warning system told the crew repeatedly in English, "Pull up! Pull up!" The pilot, evidently thinking the system was malfunctioning, snapped, "Shut up, Gringo!" and switched the system off. Minutes later the plane ploughed into the side of a mountain. Everyone on board died. A sad tragedy, which could have been averted, if someone would have paid attention to the instrument panel. If someone had followed and listened to the manual of operation! The same principles can be applied to the Christian life! God has given us a book (a manual so to speak) about what He requires from each and every one of us. It’s a book filled with 66 letters about His glory and goodness towards His creation. It’s a book that will either guide you to Him or a book that will draws you away from Him “shut up gringo, shut up God” As we come to a close to this wonderful letter that is filled with:
  • The promises of God’s everlasting mercy and grace.
  • The riches and promises of our resurrected bodies one day.
  • His sovereign grace for His elect children.
  • His providential plan for His elect children.
  • His plan for those who deny His grace and mercy, who will face His perfect wrath one day.
Paul finishes his letter with a sort of a instruction manual for the Christian life.....” A too do list of things, until that blessed day comes! We have to remember how important the church is to God! The church is the most blessed institution on earth. The church is the ONLY institution built by the Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF. The church is the ONLY institution promised to be eternally blessed. As Paul said “.....that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” Eph 5:27. The church is the institution that Jesus Himself declared “the gates of Hades will not overpower it” Matt 16:18. As John Foxe said "Princes, kings, and other rulers of the world have used all their strength and cunning against the Church, yet it continues to endure and hold its own." The church is a pillar and support of the Truth that God has given us through His word. John Calvin said "Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults." See! The church is to be a safe place for born again believers. The church is to be a place where he is drawing sinners to Himself through the gospel. The church is the physical extension of Christ. BUT!! We also need to understand the church isn’t immune to: Difficulties of life, Imperfect people, Hardships & persecution, Weak immature brothers/sisters.....Possibly even unsaved people! We as a church need to recognize, be sensitive and deal with building each other up in the faith of Christ. Helping each other through our weaknesses Imperfections and difficulties caused by sin! Why? Because the church will always be faced with very strong opposition from Satan and his demons. Satan’s human elements, the unregenerate person who are here for one purpose to cause turmoil and division among the children of God. Paul finishes this letter by giving us a list of things to do keep a healthy church body as we wait....watch....anticipate the Lord to call us home! Why? “if one part of the body is sick........ It affects the rest of the body!” The first thing Paul says........look at (v12).

VALUE YOUR PASTOR (v12)

You're my responsibility when I stand before the Lord one day! This is why Paul says “respect” This means that the people of the church are to know their pastor well enough to have a close appreciation for them and to respect them because of their value to the church and your life. See the work of a pastor is summarized this way…..Laboring, working to the point of exhaustion, “overseeing” which literally means “standing before the flock to lead in the way of righteousness.” Instructing in the word of truth.  Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.” Heb 13:7 I care deeply for you and this church.......................I need you! I don’t do this for money or a job. I do this because I care about you and your soul! I’m not here to win a popularity contest. I desire your love for God and His church! See, I don’t find enjoyment in preaching messages that are going to make you upset with me or God. But the Bible says “I’m to preach the whole council of God” So as Paul says here and as Heb 13:17 says “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” Why? For this reason…… “who diligently labour (spiritual sweat) and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction” (v12) Al Mohler said this when he talked to a group of pastors “We study, we stand before our people, we read the text, and we explain it, we reprove, rebuke, exhort, encourage, and teach and then we do it all over again, and again and again.” 

This is my life! He called me to you so that we could grow together. Will you help me or will you be against me? You have a choice to make! Valuing someone in the context of Paul’s letter (pastors/elders) requires you to do something.
  • Pray for me everyday....PLEASE!
  • Study the words I've spoken to you, for yourself.
  • Fellowship with me
  • Submit with love, so that I can do and fulfil my calling as a shepherd.
  • Honor God by living your life for Him and to those who rule over you in God.

BE AN ENCOURAGER AND COME ALONG SIDE THE IDLE (v14)

First Paul says “be a peace among yourselves” Which means submit to your leaders, live in a God honoring way will always reduce the amount of strife, conflict, and discord among God’s people. Harmony within the church leads to effective ministry within the church. As Paul said in Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

Paul says “admonish the unruly”

“Unruly” refers to: someone who behaving in a disorderly manner, someone who is idle and watching things happens before their eyes. It’s the idea of someone who out of step or against the direction everyone else is heading. These are the people who fail to serve the church with their spiritual gifts. We call them “benchwarmers”. It’s also referring to someone who has a rebellious attitude towards a person or the church. Paul says “admonish the unruly” warn, or alert them of their behavior or conduct! Not being judgmental or critical…but, in a caring kind way of warning against the dangers that lie ahead if they continue this path in a disorderly manner. Because! An unruly person is someone who is angry, rebellious, and contentious; they criticize and undermine the church leadership to justify their insubordination. If this is prowling around in the church it makes it hard to be at peace. So listen to Paul and the instructions given to us by God through His word. It’s easy to be unruly, but its hard work to be an encourager. So strive to be at peace and come along the unruly and point them in the direction of His grace and mercy.

COMFORT THE FEARFUL AND DOUBTING SHEEP (v14)

“The fainthearted” literally means the small souled....the worried sheep who huddled in the middle and afraid to get near the edge. They lack boldness to accept challenges whether they required being more involved or new challenges presented by the church. See there are those in the church who are bold and courageous and are unafraid of persecution or difficulties. The fainthearted lack boldness to accept the challenges that lie ahead.

For example:
  • New ministries ventures.
  • Fear of change and the unknown.
  • They want a risk free ministry that is traditional, safe and absolutely secure.
As the stronger and more confident ones in the church we are to come along side and encourage the fainthearted. That’s why “encourage” literally means “to speak alongside” and comforting them to step out by faith. Not only are we to encourage the fainthearted we are to help the weak. “The weak” are the fragile believers, who are in the faith...though their faith may not be strong enough to enjoy the freedom in Jesus Christ. Due to their maturity or understanding of the scriptures. You don’t become a theological giant overnight. These are the ones who are more susceptible to to listening to error. As Paul said “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,” Eph 4:14. 

“Help” literally means “to hold firmly, cling to, or support” “We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.” Rom 15:1-2 Paul says “encourage and help those who display this in their lives. Come along side don’t stick your nose up and look down on them as second class citizens or gossip about how ignorant they are to the things that you know. We all grow at different paces…….true believer will bare fruit. It’s our duty to help the weaker brother or sister to grow deeper in His word inwardly and outwardly. We stronger seasoned Christians are commanded to come alongside the weaker sheep as a friend and provide them doctrinal instruction and encouragement toward righteousness and away from sins door.

ALWAYS BE PATIENT WITH ONE ANOTHER (v14)

It is so easy to be frustrated and even angry at times and especially discouraged when you watch those in your church. We sometimes set high expectations for one another and they’re usually unattainable ourselves, but we expect others to reach our goals that we have laid out for them. For example..You spend hours and even months going over the scriptures with someone and when you’re done you see little or no change to their commitment to Christ or evidence of spiritual growth. This is why Paul says “be patient” which means “be long-suffering with those who struggle in their walk” Remember even Jesus was righteously exasperated with His disciples slow grow and lack of understanding. He called them “men of little faith” Matt 8:26. He said "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves… “Matt 16:8. In Mark 16:14 rebuked their lack of understanding! “Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.” We are to have boundless patience with the wearisome sheep, even as God has great patience with each and every one of us.“ 

As Paul said I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.” Eph 1-7.

01 June 2015

THERE IS HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS


1 Thess 4:13-18

What happens when a Christian dies? It’s a discussion that is highly debated by some, and for others we would rather not talk about it at all. Death is like a rippling wave that hits families and friends, when you least expect it. Reason being! We don’t know what tomorrow brings and the weight of death plays heavy on the soul of everyone, which in the end grieves the heart. But as Charles Spurgeon said “Tears are permitted to us, but they must glisten in the light of faith and hope.” Do you realize that there is a 99% chance that you will die at some point in this life; unless the the events in this text happen during your life, then you are of the 1 percent? There is approximately 150 000 people who die each and every day around the globe!!! Death is a very serious matter for every one of us. Why? Because we all are going to face it at some time point in our life. This was the problem with this early church.......they thought the time was coming for only those who lived to meet the Lord in the air. They were concerned for those who passed on before this extraordinary event took place! They were also confused by some who were teaching something contrary to what Paul told them about! (Turn over to 2 Thess 2:1-7)........

This was happening even in Peter’s ministry!! They will say, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation." 2 Peter 3:4. Paul says “I do not want you to be ignorant (uniformed about spiritual realities, your lack of information) brethren” (v13) What are we in fear of being ignorant of Paul? “Those who have fallen asleep”Asleep (refers to) believers who had died or past on…it’s a euphemism, a way to be more gentle in nature, instead of bluntly saying “those who are dead” Stephen is a prime example of this kind of language “And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Act 7:60. IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: In the New Testament “sleep” applies ONLY to the body.....never the soul or spirit. We have still today many good intentional people who think that the body goes into some state of soul sleep

Soul Sleep is a false teaching! Because they teach, that souls of the dead are in a state of unconscious existence in the afterlife!! But that’s NOT TRUE! The bible is very clear that every person both believer and none believer has an eternal consciousness. In other words, there will never be a time when a person ceases to exist to be conscious of his or her existence. See, the theory of soul sleep is inconsistent with Paul's teachings. “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.” 1 Thess 5:9-10. The Bible also says in 2Cor 5:8 “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” Phil1:22-23 says“But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” The greatest of evidence that makes this a false teaching is what Jesus said to the thief on the cross in Luke 23:43 “And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." Moses and Elijah souls were not sleeping when they appeared with Jesus on the Mount of transfiguration in Matthew 17:3. David spoke of the bliss of being in God’s presence after death in Psalm 16:10-11. Elijah was taken up into Heaven 2 Kings 2:1.Jesus even said He went to the Father the day He died in Luke 23:46. Even the unsaved know there is no such thing as soul sleeping Luke 16:19-31 the Rich man and Lazarus. 

Paul says don’t be misinformed to what happen to a person after they die. He even goes on to say don’t grieve over or worry for those who have died. Look in (v13) “don’t grieve” as others who have no hope! The unsaved world.....“Grieve” means to feel pain, of body or mind and so to experience severe mental or emotional distress. It can also refer to physical pain which may be accompanied by sadness, sorrow or grief. This was not just over their temporal loss of believing loved ones; rather they feared that those who failed to live until the coming of Christ would be at a permanent disadvantage at His return. But again as Jesus said "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." The Bible says Jesus grieved over the death of Lazarus in John 11:33-35, because He saw so many people living without hope after death. Again, Paul says don’t grieve as the unsaved world grieves, a people “Without hope!” What is that Hope that they are missing!! The Lord Jesus Christ....for without Him we have no hope after death! It’s that uncontrollable hopelessness that person has because the person they love is never coming back! WATCH THE NEWS and see for yourself the wailing and uncontrollable emotions of the unsaved world….the Middle East, Nepal, a young man shot in the street. If you don’t believe me! Go to a funeral of a saved person, and then one of an unsaved person! Compare the two and watch the people around you and see how they deal with death. The Christian's unique hope that is not shared by non-believers is the Blessed Hope. Sadly ignorance to the blessing that flow from gospel truth, only leads to confusion, worry and frustration to so many people today as they face death themselves. And Paul says don’t grieve as though you never had any hope!! Remember what I told you!! Look at (verse 14-15) We have the evidence of our Lord Jesus Christ who came and died a sinner’s death and rose again on the 3rd day!!! In 2Cor 5:21 we read “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Jesus died a literal death and He defeated the grave so that we could have a living hope in a living Saviour!!!

Can I tell you something that I hope encourages your heart this morningWe serve a living God......who is our living hope “by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24. He rose again so those who have died (fallen asleep) will not miss the Rapture. Why? Look what Paul says at the end of (verse 15)“They will by no means precede those who are asleep” Precede means: “anticipate or preventThose who die before the Rapture will in no sense be inferior to those who are alive. All Christians will participate in the Rapture. So don’t grieve and have doubt to the Lord’s return, for those who have died before us....Trust in the words of our Lord because He is the One who gave them to me...His words are honest and trustworthy. Trust me! When that day arrives we will know!! Look at (verse 16-17)Jesus is the One who will call us to Himself......”the Lord Himself” Can you imagine for a minute what that will be like on that day! God’s divine appointment with His children who are in Christ.mHow? The Bible says “with a “shout of an arc angel”. There are only 2 other occasions where  read Jesu shouted with a loud voice! The resurrection of Lazarus “Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" John 11:443. The Cross And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?" Matt 27:46. Matthews Gospel even went on to say And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; Matt 27:50-52. The power of almighty God spoke with authority and even the dead rose on that day!The same power we see here (v16-v17) which would make this the 3rd occasion Jesus spoke with a loud voice

Jesus calls us home with the sound of an archangel
  • It’s the quality of His voice
  • As a commander, as a chief
  • The voice of authority, majestic....the power of almighty God
  • What will it sound like? “The sounds of a trumpet”...His voice will be like a trumpet.

John on the Island of Patmos penned these words….. Rev 1:10-11“I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, Who was that voice? The Lord Jesus, Himself......saying "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," . Jesus will speak with a loud audible voice as if the sound of a loud trumpet to call His chosen people to Himself. We call this the RAPTURE of believers......Rapture (means) caught up, a gathering together. According to the bible there is only two occasions where man has been raptured. Once with Enoch and the other time with Elijah. God raptured Enoch before His divine judgement came upon the earth. Gen 5:24. God raptured Elijah bodily and went up by a whirlwind into Heaven 2 Kings 2:11. Now, the biblical evidence tends to go to the side of the Pre-Trib Camp, otherwise their sorrow is pointless for those who have fallen asleep. As one writer said “deliverance from the tribulation before it starts agrees with God’s previous dealings with Noah and Lot.” Yes as Christians, we will have trials, heartache, disease, tribulations, famines, natural disasters; some might even face death and persecution from man…but this is nothing in comparison to the  judgement of God with the  unsaved masses when the church is removed from this earth during the tribulation period. But I’m not here to solve the dispute between the Pre and Post Trib camps. One thing all Eschatology groups can agree on………. is that Jesus promises the dead in Christ, will be raised first (v16)Then the ones who are alive at that time will be caught up with them in the air (verse 17)The point where our glorified bodies will join our glorified spirits which makes them into the image of Christ! John said “We know that when he appears, we will be like Him......” 1 John 3:2. So trust in the promises of God and remember what Jesus said "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3. What happens when a Christian dies before or after the meeting the air? Eternal joy and peace that is secured in the Saviours blood. Promises that cannot be taken away by anyone, because they are sealed in the promises of the finished work found in the gospel.

MY SUNDAY QUESTION IS: Are you excited for that day? Does your heart anticipate the Lord’s imminent return...... to claim what is rightfully HisIf not! Get close to someone who is!!! Find comfort in a brother or sister who patiently waits with joy in their heart for the Lord to call us home. Whether it is by life or death! We will be together one day!! Paul says comfort one another with these truths of God not man!!! (Verse 18)Don’t worry or grieve of those who have died in Christ........ nothing can separate us with is in Christ Jesus our Lord "When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God's love." Charles Spurgeon. God’s promises about tomorrow give us hope for how we face today, tomorrow and the future. Tattoo this promise on your forehead! “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:38-39. So comfort one another with these words of truth. Rest with ease knowing that God has everything taken care of for those who love him and those who anticipate His imminent return to claim what’s His........YOU!!

26 May 2015

SO FOCUSED ON GOSPEL LIVING



1 Thess 4:11-12

What does it mean to be so focused on gospel living? Everything you do should be done out of complete dependence on the blood-bought grace and promises found in the death and resurrection of Christ. Everything you do should be done with a view of displaying the all-satisfying grace of God in the gospel. Everything you do should show the glory of God, by treasuring above all things the One through whom grace comes. Our Lord Jesus Christ! He is our plumb line, the one who stands at the finish line when we pass from this life into the next. He is the reason we exist and live and find true joy in the midst of broken and fallen world. As Paul wrote “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,” Col 1:14-22

Sometimes we tend to forget this truth as we walk out the door our homes. Our lives are hidden in Christ, and we should aspire to be like the image of Him to those outside the church. “Aspire” by definition is…. to long, aim, or seek energetically; be eagerly desirous, especially for something great or of high value. God has set us apart to righteous living and that is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ and the work of the Spirit in our lives.

What are we to aspire for in the Christian life? As Mark Devers said “If you're a Christian parent, what do you want for your kids? If you're a Christian kid, what do you want for your family? Probably you want a number of attributes to increasingly mark your family: love, joy, holiness, unity, and reverence before the Lord. You can probably think of a number of items. But let's try to sum up all those qualities with one not very exciting word: healthy. You want a healthy family—a family that works and lives and loves together as God designed the family to do. So it is for our churches. I propose that Christians, whether pastors or church members, should aspire to have healthy churches.” We are to aspire to live a life pleasing to God, as individuals, but also we’re to aspire as we saw last week, to be a church that desires for other true bible believing churches. We are to aspire is to seek eagerly with a passion, for the true church to be a healthy church. Why, for what purpose? We see the answer in the text! (v12) What does it mean to be a Christian in today’s 21st century?

It’s very tough and stretching to say the least!
It’s definitely a persevering faith!

“Christianity is a shoe-leather faith....a living, practical faith that hits the streets in normal, everyday life, affecting everything from believer’s simplest attitudes and most mundane actions to their profoundest thoughts and noblest deeds......It’s only by belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ does the power of God transform the lives so that what believer’s profess that are able to live” John MacArthur. So Paul, once again leaves us more bread crumbs to help us understand what we are to aspire for as a church under God’s unmerited and unconditional grace found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Aspire to live quietly (v11)

The idea includes being quiet, inwardly calm, living quiet peaceable and orderly lives. We are to walk in this community with the unspoken testimony that displays who you belong to, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are not to be the cause of gossip or speaking out inappropriately. We are not to seek the lime light, seek only to be loved and prized by Christ ALONE! Eccl 4:6 “Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.” We are to be leading peaceful lives, free of conflict and hostility towards others. This is our witness or testimony to the transforming power of the Gospel. Don’t give people a reason to say anything negative about you and your character! Walk in way that displays Christ as extremely valuable and not worth to dishonor by bad decisions our loud behavior. So as Paul said in 2 Cor 5:9 “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” What do I mean? Don’t hang out in compromising situations with the opposite sex when no one’s around. Don’t put yourself in any situation that is going to cause people to speak poorly about you or your church family. Don’t give the unsaved world any reason to call you “a hypocrite’ as Jesus did with the so-called religious elites. Don’t put yourself in uncompromising situations that cause confusion, not only for the saved, but confusion for the unsaved as well. We are to live peaceably with all people, but without compromising at the same timeEsteem to live a quit life........because it keeps you from controversy and it causes you to grow deep in love with Christ.

Aspire to mind your own business (v11)

We are not to be the cause of grief or meddling in the affairs of others (murmuring). This was a becoming a problem for the church. Paul writes later in 2Thess 3:11-12 “For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies (wasting their labour...running around meddling in everyone’s problems). Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.” When a person isn’t keeping busy ......they tend to have a lot time to think and that usually leads to trouble. Ask my younger daughter Hannah, what  she does when she is bored? Paul was telling the church to work diligently, to stay out of other’s people’s business and lead quiet, unobtrusive lives that serve for the glory of God. A great example of this is found Matthew 20:1-16. Where Jesus, speaks of a landowner, who hires a group of labourers at different time of the day. To do what? Tend to his vineyard. He hired some first thing in the morning, and more throughout the day. At the end of the day, Jesus says, the man paid everyone according to his (the landowner's) goodness. "So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.' And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius (a fair days wage). But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. (V8-v10)

But something happens when they all get their wage. "And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.' (V11-v12). What does the Landowner Say? Matt 20:14-16 “Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.  Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?' So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen." This is the kind of behavior Paul is speaking of here to the church of Thessalonica. We are not to pursue.....we are not to interfere in other people’s business. Keep your mouth shut....because this speaks volumes to your true character is what Paul is saying!! When they punched, slapped, spit and whip Jesus to a pulp, the bible says “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23

Aspire to work with your hands (v11)

Many of the working class and slave labor Christians, thought since they were free through Jesus Christ, this meant they were free from their duties to their master...But that is not true? We don’t quit our jobs and mooch of others because we are saved by Jehovah God (My Provider) God gave us a mind and it’s called common-sense!! We are to work until He comes back or calls us home!! Paul said this to Philemon about Onesimus “no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.” (Verse 16). The Christian life is not a free ride as we see in 2 Thess 3:10 “if anyone will not work, neither shall they eat”. Eph 4:28  we read “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” It’s the same thing Paul spoke of to the other churches... “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.” Col 3:22-25

Our community must be given no excuse for thinking that Christians were and are unprofitable members to society. As FF Bruce said “the church could not discharge its ministry of witness and reconciliation in the world unless its members adorned the gospel with their lives as well as their lips.” What are we to do, so that this doesn’t happen to us? A great example is the parable of the 1o minas (3 month’s salary), which was a very small amount of money found in Luke 19:12-13. We are to carry on with our everyday lives and responsibilities until Christ returns. How? By using the time we have for Him and the gifts He has given us. A life that exemplifies the Lord Jesus Christ in action and in word. Because they both go hand in hand. Can I ask you! What are you doing with your minas until the nobleman return, until Jesus return? Some Christians would say “employment is for work, school is for learning, leisure is for playing, and church is for Sunday.” But that is so wrong! Our lives are on display for the world to see the grace that He freely gives to all who come to Him through REPENTABNCE and FAITH. Whether we are at work, school, play or church…..everyday should be treated as a Sunday! A wretched group of people, [you and I] saved by sovereign grace. As Paul said “Jesus is not part of your life; Jesus is your life.” “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Col 3:1-4

So! Why should I aspire to live like this Paul? Answer! (v12) “so that you may walk properly before outsiders…” “Properly” by definition is “conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or well-behaved.” This is how we are to live before outsiders, living a life that is above reproach! “Above reproach” means “a life free from sinful habits or behaviors that would hinder his or hers life. It’s the idea of setting the bar high! This is the highest Christian standard and model for the church. Sadly though, what do outsiders see coming from the church
  • Gossip and murmuring
  • Childish behavior when things don’t go your way.
  • Confused people who don’t know what they believe.
  • Arguing about the most unorthodox things.
  • Self-righteous behavior and attitude
  • Treating one another’s with contempt which leads to disunity.
  • Backstabbing

Instead we should aspire and be known as a…….
  • Gospel saturated church that digs deep into His word.
  • People who truly love one another, despite our imperfections.
  • People walking in a way that is pleasing to God
  • Reflecting and speaking the truth in love as Christ did.

Redeem the time in a worthy manner....because for the day is at hand.
  • Live a life that brings honor and praise to the Gospel that saved you.
  • Live a life that knows enough to keep the big barn door shut.
  • Live a life that lives practically and usefully until the Lord returns.

The church is to be an example to the world, not a hindrance, or a laughing stock.

Stop speaking inappropriately and preserve your testimony to those outside. Stop murmuring and mind your own business and preserve your testimony to those outside. Stop mooching off others and work! And preserve your testimony to those outside. Display that Christ is more valuable and that the people around you are more important than life itself. We must never evade our daily responsibilities under the pretense of proclaiming or preparing for Christ’s return..........“To do so, is to distort this great hope we have.” The world is watching to see if you and I are who we say, we are! “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.” Col 4:5. As Mark Devers said “A healthy church is not a church that's perfect and without sin. It has not figured everything out. Rather, it's a church that continually strives to take God's side in the battle against the ungodly desires and deceits of the world, our flesh, and the devil. It's a church that continually seeks to conform itself to God's Word………..A healthy church is a congregation that increasingly reflects God's character as his character has been revealed in his Word.” So live your life gospel centered and focused on Christ, and......You will be able to walk in holiness and flee sexual immorality. You will be able to love your church family and the true gospel saturated churches around the globe. You will be able to aspire to live a life that is above reproach to those who are outside. [People who desperately need Jesus Christ and His saving mercies.] This is Paul’s desire for you and me, according to the God breathed words found in the bible.

18 May 2015

THIS IS WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE


1 Thess 4:9-10

Have you ever said something you wish you could take back? And when your confronted and guilt sets in,  you say “sorry, please forgive me”, and they respond with “why should I forgive you?”  You answer with “I’m a Christian.” Wrong answer! Why? The name Christian is something that gets abused today by many in the church. When we use the term Christian to get ourselves out of a bind thinking everything is going to be ok and all were doing is destroying the name that has been given to us at such a high price [meaning the cross]. It’s one thing to say that you are a Christian; it’s another thing to prove you are a Christian by the way you live your life. There should only be one way in which we are to live! Godly for the glory of Christ, in the gospel. See, how we respond to the gospel and God’s word will directly and indirectly influence how we respond to others in the church and outside the church….even the ones who seem unlovable!
  • Just as we need the Spirit to show us ours sin and desperate need redemption.
  • Just as we need the Spirit to save us from the flaming judgement of God.
  • Just as we need the Spirit to sanctify us unto holy living and aspirations pleasing to God.
  • Just as we need the Spirit to keep us holy and blameless before a holy God.
The same rule applies when it comes to loving one another. You and I cannot love one another in our own strength! You will fail; you and I need to rely upon the Spirit’s work in our lives as we take this journey home. God’s ultimate goal and desire is that we reflect the image and likeness of God. See God’s glory is reflected in and through our lives. The Apostle Paul said “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” Phil 2:12-15

Loving other is hard work! Spiritual sweat…….it’s something that each and everyone us need to submit or yield to; this is something the Spirit wants to see displayed in our lives. As the bible says when it comes to the idea of loving others! Because there is no room for “but I can’t love that person" Jesus said love your enemies…….Matt 5:43. Jesus said love those who hate you……Luke 6:27. Paul said love your wife…….Eph 5:25. Paul said love your children…….Eph 6:4. The Apostle Peter said love covers a multitude of sin…….1 Peter 4:8. Again, Jesus said they will know you are my disciple if you love one another…….John 13:35

When genuine love is on display for the whole world to see, then love has no limitations to what it can do outside the church in our communities. How do I know I love as the bible speaks of? First, are you born again under the saving grace found in Jesus Christ alone ?Secondly, is your passion for the church and others selfless for the glory of Christ? Paul leaves us bread crumbs to how we are to strive as God’s reflections in this kind of unlimited love.

YOUR LOVE SHOWS

Paul says you have had the greatest teacher, teaching you how to truly love others. “taught by God”  (v9) it’s the expression that conveys the idea of an inborn knowledge made available by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. See, the type of love the bible teaches is the characterized by God’s divine nature. What do I mean by that? The way we can understand true love is found in the attributes of God. Because God is love. We read in John’s epistle “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:8-11. This is where we are taught what true love is! Not some fabricated or emotional rush that makes us fell warm for a season or lusting over your boyfriend or girlfriend. It’s a love that is sacrificial, a character of who we are, not something we do ,but something we are. You can read a thousand books on the subject….but none will ever come close enough o truly explain what love is. Why? God is love and He is the plumb line in how were to love the ones sitting in the pews of our church. Genuine love is displayed outwardly, by inward change of heart….that only God can change and supply. As Ezekiel said “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Eze 36:26. Just as we lack the ability to abstain” from sexual immorality [sin] without the Spirits empowerment, we also lack the ability to love others without God’s sovereign help. God transforms our lives, not only to walk in holiness, but to love others as He loved us. Do you truly love those sitting in this sanctuary?

YOUR LOVES GOES

Not only did they outwardly display a genuine love [not manufactured] but a genuine love for their church family. They also loved the surrounding churches, which have been set apart from God. How does this work in the Christian life? Through the transforming work of the gospel. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor 5:17. Their new nature gave them the ability to not only to love their church family, but also the ability to love the surrounding churches that embraced the true gospel. It says “what you are doing to all the brothers’ throughout Macedonia” (v10a). What is Paul trying to say? They had a deep rooted relationship with God, which naturally gave them a deep rooted love for other believers in the surrounding churches. Such as Philippi and Berea as it says in the book of Acts. As one writer summed up this verse “their love for other churches literally went the distance.” Not only are we called to love our church, but God calls us to love His churches as well. Remember what Paul wrote in the beginning of his letter “your….labour of love”  (1:3). They genuinely and I mean they really cared for their surrounding brothers and sisters. Think about how important it is, that we do care about true evangelical churches that are filled with our brothers and sisters. These are hard days and troubling times for many churches……

  • Many churches are fighting for survival
  • A decline in membership
  • A decline is serving and helping where help is needed.
  • Internal conflicts, which needs forgiveness, repentance and restoration.
  • The strong influence from the world.
  • Financial struggles that have lead many …especially rural churches, to close its doors.
For some of us, we might think that is ok! We can drive down the road a little further and go to the next one, that is bigger and better and it a lot offers more for my family. Do you hear how that sounds? Its selfishness. Small rural churches that were established by a couple of families hundreds of years ago, that had a desire and a hope for reaching their community with the gospel. And for a season it does and then we see a massive decline.
Why? The next generation grows up and they see bigger is better and they forget the ones who founded the church for the purpose of the gospel. They don’t want to serve or give, to help keep the message going in their community. We live in a generation that is me centered, and me focused. We forget about those whom God has placed in our lives and we tend to seek what’s best for me. This is the exact opposite of the Thessalonica church! They loved with cared deeply about their surrounding brothers and sisters.The church was never intended to be an island in its own community or a Lone ranger when it came to the work of the gospel. He has called all true "BIBLE BELIEVING" churches to do His work together. We are not in competition with First Baptist in Arnprior, Nepean Baptist, Pineland, Potters House, Lyndock, Eganville, Purdy, and Community and so on! We are to work together to keep each other accountable and strong during these hard times….when the world is trying so hard to conform the church to its standards. We are to take interest, invest our lives into one another.

As one writer said “one of the true tests of our love for others is our ability to rejoice when God chooses to bless others more than He blesses us….God’s love in us enables us to love others the way that God loved us – unconditionally. When we willfully withhold our love from others, especially those who belong to God’s church, we rob others of the love they deserve, and we rob ourselves of the joy that comes from loving others.” Nothing thrills me more as a pastor to know that the churches we support and churches I love, are preaching the truth this morning. It reminds me of what Paul wrote to Philemon. “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.” Philemon 1-7. The churches in Thessalonica were on a journey together and they wanted their fellow brothers and sisters to know they cared and that they were here for them.

YOUR LOVE GROWS

Just as we are to grow in our relationship with God, we are to grow in our relationship with one another. This is something that needs to be done and happening more and more in our lives. However, as exemplary as the Thessalian’s love was, it was not perfect! And Paul wanted them to grow more and more…..striving each and every day for the glory of His name. See, loving one another is not an item you check off your list of things I did today. It’s not I said “I love my wife already” so I don’t have to say it anymore. It’s not that I was kind to my neighbor and I can be miserable with rest of my community for the remainder of the day. Loving others is an ongoing activity in the life of a child of God. Just as God is progressively sanctifying us minute by minute, we are to progressively [meaning actively] loving others more today than you did yesterday. Loving others is to become easier, not harder, as we walk the road to Heaven. Why? This is a sign you are genuinely growing in your Christian life. One of the greatest examples of that love is found in John’s gospel in the 13th chapter when Jesus washed the disciples feet. And what’s amazing about this portion of scripture is that it starts off with wonderful truth about God’s everlasting love for His set apart children. “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” John 13:1. God’s love is endless and his love for them knows no end! And He gives us a truth that we are to do the same…..  “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” John 13:15. Loving, sacrificing and serving one another in the same love that never ends. It’s called pursuing love for the glory of His name. It’s the idea of excelling more and more” this should be our virtue as a church and as individuals under the gospel. Where have we seen this kind of growing love displayed?

HOW ABOUT……In the life of Joseph…… “And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.” Gen 45:15. Jonathan…..  And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.” 1 Sam 20:17. In the purpose of Jesus Christ….. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Rom 5:6-9. In you and me…… “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Heb10:23-25. Love is not, an emotion or a flash in in the pants, but a deep rooted joy, that only comes from the gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit. This is what we are to be pursuing as we strive in holiness and walking in purity. A love that super exceeds for the glory of His name. A love that as Jesus had that went both deep and wide. Our love must have no limits or boundaries. As one writer said “we cannot obey God’s command to love one another “even more” if we selectively choose whom we will and will not love.”

Let me leave you one more example! David finally became king over all Israel, he inquired if there were any left of Saul’s house or family by saying“Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake” 2 Sam 9:1. Normally, this would be bad news for the former king’s family because the new customarily killed all remaining relatives to remove the threat of any of his heirs from retaking the throne or stirring up trouble in the kingdom. “…And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, ‘Mephibosheth!’ And he answered, ‘Behold, I am your servant.’ And David said to him, ‘Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.’ And he paid homage and said, ‘What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I'” 2 Sam 9:5-8. And David responds with “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson.  And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master’s grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall always eat at my table” 2 Sam 9:9b-10. 

What a picture of God’s love. We are all helplessly crippled by sin. We must humble ourselves before our king as Mephibosheth did before David. Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, who for years relentlessly pursued and tried to kill David was provided for and placed at the king’s table as David graciously said he “shall always eat at my table.” Mephibosheth was treated like the king’s son, he was accepted graciously at the king’s table, he was able to be in the king’s presence, and he was able to be provided with all that he needed for the rest of his life even though he was helpless to do anything else.  Mephibosheth couldn’t even provide for his own living. Wasn’t that us before we were saved?  To know that we can dine at the Lord’s Table, someday at the great marriage feast with the King of kings, and we will forever abide with Him, even though helpless, cripples (by sin) who could never survive in our own strength or by our own means. When I read about this account!  I think remind myself of the grace that He has shown me! Can you and I, love others here, and in the true church like that?

10 May 2015

MOTHERS ARE A BLESSED PEOPLE


There was a Greeting Card video that went viral about a job posting online and in the newspaper looking for a “Director of Operations” so they held real interviews    online through Skype chat with potential applicants looking for a legitimate job. And they described this job to the applicants as one of the hardest jobs in the world. They went on to say….. It’s a position that requires more than 135 hours per week, constant mobility, keen coordination and adept communication. There are no breaks, no holidays off, and there is no pay. As a matter of fact the work load gets even greater around the holiday season. You need to be able to work standing up most of the time. You will be consently on your feet, bending, a high level of stamina. You must be able to work in a chaotic environment. You are to have degree in medicine, finance and the culinary arts. And he finishes by saying “there are billions of people who hold this position! ………..MOMS

Moms are such a blessing and a blessed people group! Don’t get me wrong as we open God’s word…..every one of us are a blessed people whether single, married or barren. But today I want to give a special honor to the mother! According to the bible she is a blessed person who wears many hats. But let me clarify by saying this first! The Bible never states that every woman should be a mother. However the bible does say that those whom the Lord blesses to be mothers should take the responsibility seriously…...And this message is for you moms. As one writer said “Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives of their children. Motherhood is not a chore or unpleasant task. Just as a mother bears a child during pregnancy, and just as a mother feeds and cares for a child during infancy, so mothers also play an ongoing role in the lives of their children, whether they are adolescents, teenagers, young adults, or even adults with children of their own. While the role of motherhood must change and develop, the love, care, nurture, and encouragement a mother gives should never cease”

Take for example several things are commanded of Christian mothers in God’s Word: Availability – morning, noon, and night (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). Involvement – interacting, discussing, thinking, and processing life together (Ephesians 6:4). Teaching – the Scriptures and a proper biblical worldview (Psalm 78:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:10; Ephesians 6:4). Training – helping a child to develop skills and discover his/her strengths (Proverbs 22:6). Discipline – teaching the fear of the Lord, drawing the line consistently, lovingly, firmly (Ephesians 6:4; Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15-17). Nurturing-  by providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail, acceptance, affection, unconditional love (Titus 2:4; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 4:29-32; 5:1-2; Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 3:8-9). Modeling Integrity – living what you say, being a model from which a child can learn by “catching” the essence of godly living (Deuteronomy 4:9, 15, 23; Proverbs 10:9; 11:3; Psalm 37:18, 37).

Why would God put such emphasis on the mother? I came across this in my studies that a university 600 students were asked to write on a piece of paper the most beautiful word in the English language. 422 wrote the word MOTHER and 112 wrote the word HOMEWhy those answers? Home is where you will always find mom. I want us to look some important characteristics that get overlooked or minimized by our culture and the church at times when it comes to role of the mom.

HOME-MAKING IS GOD’S DIVINE ASSIGNMENT

Titus 2:3-5 says Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Keeping the home is God’s assignment to the wife-even down to changing the sheets, doing the laundry, and scrubbing the floors. Paul admonishes the older women to teach the younger women, among other things, “to love their husbands and children, … to be busy at home” which literally means in the Greek “home-workers”. Being a homemaker is very hard at times and sometimes unrewarding but in all reality it’s very rewarding because you are fulfilling your God given call! So teach this to your daughters and prepare them for their God given role as a wife and a mother if the Lord choses to give them a family.

HOME-MAKING IS A NOBLE POSITION OF GREAT WORTH.

Proverbs 31:10 we read “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” Women join men in the search for accomplishments and positive assessments. We all have an inherent desire to have worth. God’s ideal woman has such worth…we as husbands and you children should tell or express that truth daily to them. Their job nine times out of ten goes unnoticed and unthanked for. She is so worthy in the family you can’t even put a price on her worth to the family. John MacArthur says "one of the unique features of the bible is the way it exalts [elevates, praises] women. Far from ever demeaning or belittling women, Scripture often seems to go out of the way to pay homage to them, to ennoble their roles in society and family, to acknowledge the importance of their influence, and exalt the virtues of women who were particularly godly examples" In fact, her worth cannot be fixed or estimated-it is “far more than rubies”The question is, of course, clear……. Who has such worth? The Hebrew word hayil, translates “virtuous” but more literally “strength,”. This means the general character of a mother is…..
Strong and full of mental energy. She is invaluable (extremely useful); her price is far above rubies (priceless). No quantity of precious stones can be equal to her worth…..not Gold, not silver, diamonds or rubies. She is truly a lovely wife and mother and a blessing to the family. This is found also in Proverbs 12:4 “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband..” and in Ruth 3:11 we read what Boaz said to Ruth’s worth“ And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.” Never, ever think being a homemaker as something to be ashamed about! I hold you with high honor.

HOME-MAKING IS YOUR GOD GIVEN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE.

Genesis 2:18 we read Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." The wife was created by God to be her husband’s “helper” in the Hebrew, literally “a help like or corresponding to himself,” There is nothing demeaning about being a helper. It is very challenging and rewarding responsibility as we see also in the wonderful passage of Proverbs 31. The bible declares that…..
  • A mom is gifted with her hands and willingly works using them (v13)
  • A mom collects the best for her family (v14)
  • A mom labours hard for her family (v15)
  • A mom provides food for her family (v15)
  • A mom is resourceful (v16 - v17)
  • A mom knows how to budget wisely and she knows what to invest in that is going to benefit her family
  • A mom helps others (v20)
  • A mom anticipates the seasons, and prepares for them (v21)
  • A mom makes clothing and sells things from her handy work (v22-v24)

In the end though all that hard work and physical sweat she receives the greatest earthly reward! We read “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." (v38-v39). Moms are extremely blessed and praised through their service to their family and others.

See, the bible is very clear when it comes to family and their roles in the home! Moms have a very special role and bond that no man could have or truly understand. What I mean by this is that they experience something we as men will never get the privilege too. The feeling of a child swimming around in her stomach for 5 months. The feeling and the warmth of that child when he or she is born. The feeling of responsibility that has been placed on her shoulders to care and nurture this blessing from God. As the Psalmist says “Children are a gift from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3-5). Moms are great model of servant hood and grace. To the moms here you are amazing women, who do amazing things! Don’t ever consider being a homemaker a menial and unworthy job that is only suited for the uneducated woman who can’t get work. Because let me boast to you about the mother of my children as it says in Prov 31:28 “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her

My wonderful house wife…….
  • Has a degree in law.
  • Has finished her education in the top of her class.
  • Has ran multi-million dollar inventory across Canada at Sear’s Canada
  • Is a school teacher of 5 and a devoted woman who loves the LORD with her heart, mind and strength.
  • Is selfless in everything she does, and we love her for that and we as a family continue to thank God every day for her.

I know for a fact that our family will always come first to her no matter what………even if it would cost her life for her child. Just like this story…..I came across about a young mother who was making her way across the hills of South Wales, carrying her tiny baby in her arms, when she was overtaken by a blinding blizzard. She never reached her destination and when the blizzard had subsided her body was found by searchers beneath a mound of snow. But they discovered that before her death, she had taken off all her outer clothing and wrapped it about her baby. When they unwrapped the child, to their great surprise and joy, they found he was alive and well. She had mounded her body over his and given her life for her child, proving the depths of her mother love….”

Moms around the globe are amazing and we need to remind them of that daily! To the entire mom’s around the globe who takes their God’s plan seriously for the family! Thank You a million times over. Gospel Coalition had a wonderful blog post about moms last year “8 Things I Want My Toddler to Thank His Mom For in 20 Years
  • Thank you for putting Christ before me.
  • Thank you for showing me grace, not works.
  • Thank you for showing me repentance, not false perfection.
  • Thank you for caring more about my character than my abilities.
  • Thank you for knowing that gospelling me was your and Dad's job.
  • Thank you for loving Daddy.
  • Thank you for giving me chances to serve.
  • Thank you for showing me what sacrificial love is.

As Ruth Graham said “As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible and trust God with the impossible” Remember what the polls said about the most beautiful word in the English language………….MOTHERThe Sunday Question for us husbands and children. Have you shown her how much you truly value her role today? 



Thank You MOM! :)