“Check it Out “
Now those words can be used in good or bad ways. I want to use this phrase in the best possible way.
We tend to be worriers. I feel it is no sin to be concerned about someone or a situation. Worry is a sin that can suck the very life out of us.
As you will soon see, Paul was worried (concerned) about the Thessalonians. He was concerned that the Judaizers had convinced the Thessalonians to reject the gospel of grace. He became so concerned that he sent Timothy to check it out. Please read the following account and see what I am talking about.
1 Thessalonians 31
1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. 4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 5 For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. 6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. 9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. 11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
Now Paul found that his worrying was for nothing. Sometimes our worries amount to nothing, sometimes they are real. But we will never know if our worries are valid until we check it out.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing;