October 30, 2008
Contributing To Living!
"You're killing me here." This expression is often spoken by one who is distressed about the actions of another. Perhaps it is because their own activity is being restricted or slowed by the actions of the other individual. Or maybe their words or actions are neither helpful nor encouraging toward the direction life movement should be going. According to the online "Urban Dictionary" this statement is used in reference to being let down by an individual or is stated to an individual who is slacking off and not doing their share of the work.
How about the other side of such situations? Can the actions of another who is contributing to progress be noted as doing the opposite of killing? Could they be said to be BRINGING LIFE?
Though Paul was imprisoned, we was encouraged by the boldness of those who did not allow themselves to become discouraged in the work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus. (see Philippians 1:12-14) Rather than becoming discouraged in his own situation, he was encouraged by what others were doing to promote the spreading of the knowledge of Jesus and salvation in Him. In fact, in one of Paul's letters he came pretty close to actually stating the converse of "You're killing me here."
Writing to the church at Thessalonica, Paul noted. . .
"(6) But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you -- (7) for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. (8) FOR NOW WE LIVE, if you are standing fast in the Lord." ( 1 Thessalonians 3:6-8 ESV)
In spite of the distress and trials that could have discouraged and killed Paul's spirit, he was greatly encouraged by the growth of faith among those at Thessalonica. Because of the report he had received he could say, "NOW WE LIVE!" Their contribution of activity to the faith and cause of Christ brought LIFE GIVING encouragement to Paul. May such also be the impact of our actions and words as we continue doing our part in the ministry of the Lord.
Have a great day LIVING TO REVIVE THE SPIRIT OF OTHERS!
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