by Bro. Ryan Golez
1 Thessalonians 2:1-4 – For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
It is so encouraging to know how great God has touched the lives of the apostles and how Paul has boldly declared the truth in the midst of darkness in this world. Not even the toughest person in the world could endure without the leading of the Spirit.
I thank God that he has revealed to me the life of Paul, as I am so touched and inspired with his selfless courage to do what he must for the sake of pleasing God.
Here in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-4, Paul made known to the church of Thessalonica about his intention sharing the Gospel to the people. Paul had suffered greatly and was shamefully treated for doing the commission; this act was a selfless act of obedience and love for Lord. Paul has stated they have been approved by God to carry the Gospel. What I believe this means is Paul has been given the authority to share the Gospel of Christ. I see this as a big responsibility and somehow, knowing this I thought “wow! that is a big and hard responsibility, a task not easy to bear because the world as we know rejects anything that comes from God.” I am so inspired by Paul’s response to that responsibility which he Love God more, by pleasing Him in pursuing his delight. He became bold in sharing and endured the suffering because he wanted to please God alone and not man or himself.
Therefore, as followers of Christ let’s focus our hearts and lives to pursuing whatever delights God. There is much pain or happiness the world can offer but only by pursuing the right things for Gods glory can fill us with Joy and true happiness. Like Paul, I believe all the hardships he has encountered cannot surpass the Joy and satisfaction he must have felt in pursuing Christ.