Read 1 Thessalonians 2
Have you suffered recently? In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul reminds a church about the suffering we can experience when we follow Jesus.
Verses 1-2 are about suffering for sharing Jesus. Paul, Silas, and Timothy were persecuted at every city they visited to share Jesus.
Verses 7-12 are about suffering for discipling someone. Discipleship is “parenting” someone spiritually. Paul uses the imagery of moms and dads investing long hours and sleepless nights to mentor others and grow their relationship with Jesus.
Verses 13-14 are about suffering for following God. The Thessalonians decided to accept the Bible as the very words of God. Their beliefs and lifestyles changed. Their friends and family were against it.
Verse 15 is about Jesus suffering for us. Jesus suffered because he shared the gospel, and discipled people, and followed God.
Question – When is the last time you experienced suffering for following Jesus? How did you suffer specifically?
What does God want us to ask ourselves when we’re suffering?
“Am I serving myself, or others, or God?”
In verse 4, we read:
“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.”
Prayer – God, I want to be motivated to please You and You only. Help me not to put me or others ahead of You. Help me to follow you so that I do experience suffering for your name. I want to please You.