Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 31st, 2016
Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NLT)
Warning Others With Patience
Are you working hard? Are you using your time wisely? Are you busy but not doing what you ought to do? Plan to work hard on the right things this week. Use your calendar to plan your time wisely. Honour the Lord with your work!
According to Participaction, Canada’s national initiative to get us back in physical shape, Canadians are so inactive that even a small amount of exercise will make a difference in our risk of chronic disease. As we get healthier we will avoid illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Kelly Murumets, President of Participaction said back in 2011 “We’ve got a crisis on our hands and we absolutely have to move more than we move today.” The vast majority of Canadian kids – 88% — don’t get enough exercise she said. New guidelines were established in 2011, and an average Canadian with a desk job should be get in an hour of brisk walking every day just to ward off chronic disease. That can be broken down into segments as short as 15 minutes.
Canadians have been warned that we need more exercise or we are going to be even in worse shape physically than we are now. This will put huge pressure on an already overburdened medical system. The Bible gives us instructions as well, about keeping active in the service of the Lord. The apostle Paul wrote this to the believers in the church in Thessalonica, in 1 Thessalonians 5:14: “Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.” One of the dangers of the fact that our salvation is a free gift that we receive by faith is that we can feel like all we have to do is receive that gift by faith and then sit back and soak in the blessings. While it is true that there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation, the Bible tells us that once we have received that gift, we are called to service of King Jesus. Paul tells us to warn those who are sitting and soaking in the blessing to get going in compassionately serving the Lord and His people. We need to warn the lazy, encourage the timid and take care of those who are weak. And we are called to do all of this with patience. Our example is Jesus, who treated His disciples this way as He taught them and led them.
These have been words from the heart.