On the Same Team

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On the Same Team [Dec. 08,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Encourage one another and build each other up.1 Thessalonians 5:11

Also Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11,16–18(NIV)

When Philadelphia Eagle’s quarterback Carson Wentz returned to the field after healing from a severe injury, the NFL team’s backup quarterback, Nick Foles, graciously returned to the bench. Although competing for the same position, the two men chose to support each other and remained confident in their roles. One reporter observed that the two athletes have a “unique relationship rooted in their faith in Christ” shown through their ongoing prayers for each other. As others watched, they brought honor to God by remembering they were on the same team—not just as Eagles quarterbacks, but as believers in Jesus representing Him.

The apostle Paul reminds believers to live as “children of the light” awaiting Jesus’ return (1 Thessalonians 5:5–6). With our hope secure in the salvation Christ has provided, we can shrug off any temptations to compete out of jealousy, insecurity, fear, or envy. Instead, we can “encourage one another and build each other up” (v. 11). We can respect spiritual leaders who honor God and “live in peace” as we serve together to accomplish our shared goal—telling people about the gospel and encouraging others to live for Jesus (vv. 12–15).

As we serve on the same team, we can heed Paul’s command: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (vv. 16–18).

 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • Who has encouraged you while serving on the same team?
  • How can you encourage someone who serves alongside you?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Jesus, please give me opportunities today to encourage someone who serves with me.

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Relentless Love

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Relentless Love[Dec. 04,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.1 John 3:18

Also Read  1 John 3:16–18(NIV)

Heidi and Jeff came home from an overseas work assignment in a hot climate and settled for several months near family in the state of Michigan—just in time for winter. This would be the first time many of their ten children had seen the natural beauty of snow.

But winter weather in Michigan requires a lot of warm outerwear, including coats, mittens, and boots. For a large family, it would be quite an expensive undertaking just to outfit them for the bitterly cold months ahead. But God provided. First, a neighbor brought over footwear, then snow pants, then hats and gloves. Then, a friend urged others at her church to collect a variety of warm clothes in all twelve sizes for each member of the family. By the time the snow arrived, the family had exactly what they needed.

One of the ways we serve God is by serving those in need. First John 3:16–18 encourages us to help others from the abundance of our own possessions. Serving helps us to be more like Jesus as we begin to love and see people as He does.

God often uses His children to fulfill needs and to answer prayers. And as we serve others, our own hearts are encouraged as we encourage those we serve. As a result, our own faith will grow as God equips us for service in new ways (v. 18).

 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • As you notice the numerous needs of people around you, how can you show God’s love in a practical way?
  • How does serving God help your faith to grow?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Father, fill my heart with the willingness to help when I see a need. Help me to give joyfully and serve You with gratitude.

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