Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3
There is this story that Pastor Tolu tells of a circus performer who engaged his audience in a performance. He would ask each time if they believed he could perform a particular trick and they would say ‘Yes!’ and he would go ahead to do it. Then the time came for him to walk across a rope carrying a human being. He asked if they believed he could do it. “Yes!” they all said, then he asked for a volunteer to come up and be carried. Guess what? Nobody volunteered.
There’s a tendency as Christians (or well, for me as a Christian) to be all pumped up about all God is saying to us in those special moments- when we study our Bibles, in church on Sunday or the inclinations we get during Lean-In Moments and all that. Many times, we get really encouraged about some powerful lessons we have picked up during Surge. And then, as soon as we step out of the church building or exit the YouTube or Mixlr app, we return back to our default modes of trudging through the week. Sometimes, we start with a hype on Monday that just dissipates at the sight of our first task.
Like the circus audience, we believe everything God is saying but when the time comes to really put our lives on it and play it out in our every day, we just hold back.
I like that in our reading today, Paul actually writes about God’s faithfulness and strength before he goes ahead to talk about the demands of our everyday
But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NKJV
This is my charge to you today, there’s this abounding strength that our faithful God supplies for everything He demands of you. In fact, He is calling you to start your work from a place of strength that He has already provided!
So just like Paul encourages- work hard, be diligent, be honest, be content and keep the right associations. There’s no food for the lazy man! Don’t live your everyday complaining about your boss picking on you by giving you tasks that make you work late into the night or how building that business is making you stay up late to work. Paul did it! He ‘toiled day and night’. But he did it from a place of a faithful God’s strength.
There’s strength for all that’s in your everyday. There’s strength to keep up with your volunteering work in church and in serving God. There is strength to build the right relationships and your home. There is strength to help your children develop the right habits and a relationship with God. There is strength to follow through on those right decisions you need to take. There is strength to keep consistency in your walk with God.
Paul ends this epistle with this simple but profound prayer:
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all… May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18 NLT
God supplies strength, grace and peace for every situation in every day!
Something to pray
Affirm your dependence on God for His strength in your everyday!
Mr. Olorunfemi serves as the Worship Team Lead at Sycamore