I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. Philemon 1:4-7 (NIV)
That is what I want. That is what I need. That is my hope and dream and prayer. What are you talking about? What is your want and need? What is your hope and dream and prayer? I want to have a full understanding of every good thing I have in you. That is no small want or need. That is no small hope and dream and desire. What do you think I want you to receive? I think we are on the same page. I think that we both want the same thing. You are correct. How will you receive all that I have for you? I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will draw near to you. I will meet with you in your word. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in worship. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. I will live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. How is that so far? That is a very good start. I thought maybe I had covered everything. I thought maybe I had left nothing out. No, you haven’t covered everything. Yes, you have left out something that is vitally important. What’s that? You will never have a full understanding of all you have in me if you don’t serve me. If you don’t go where I guide you and do what I ask of you, your understanding of all you have in me will be quite incomplete. There are things about me and my will and my ways, that you can only learn by serving me. As you go out into the world to share your faith and make disciples in my name, you will gain understanding of all you have in me, that can come to you in no other way. Why is that? I will give you an example. I will ask you a few questions. When I have asked you to serve me, have I asked you to do what was quite easy? Hardly, you have often asked me to do what was quite difficult. That’s true. Have you relied on me more fully when I have asked you to do what was quite difficult? Has your faith in me grown stronger as you have relied on me to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans through you? Have you known that I was working in and through you, as I made you able to do what I asked of you? I will give an emphatic yes to all three of your questions. Then you can see how you will have a fuller understanding of all that you have in me as you serve me? Yes, I can. Will you go out into the world to share your faith and make disciples? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will remember and thank you for others, as I meet with you in prayer. Help me to truly love others deeply from my heart. Help me to better understand all I have in you as I remain vitally active in sharing my faith. Help me to refresh the hearts of others. Amen
Key Question… How has your understanding of all you have in Christ grown as you have shared your faith with others?
Living It Out… Be able to better understand all you have in Christ as you share your faith with others.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will better understand all you have in Christ as you share your faith in Him with others.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are remaining vitally active in sharing your faith.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you better understand all you have in Christ as you share your faith with others.
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