***We will be staying in the New Testament with the book of I Thessalonians***
Vs. 2, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” A timely reminder of the importance, especially after such an amazing retreat! Paul continues the application on how to be effective witnesses for Christ. We should watch & pray for opportunties in the daily lives we live! I like the fact that Paul exhorts us to be wise with every opportunity the Lord gives us! Paul goes on to give encouragement to the many people who continued back then to do the work of the Lord! It shows that even Paul needed the help of others to do the work of the Lord. The responsibility never just lies in the Pastor or Youth Pastor, it is a responsibilty that all of us should realize.
Regarding application…Ready to Answer. Vs. 6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Question: Ready to answer what? Ready to answer people when they ask you about God, Jesus, Bible, or anything related to such things. As wonderful as it is to gain personal knowledge in His Word…we now see another reason! We must always be ready to answer people! When we are at school, when we are at work, when we are hanging out…it’s these moments that we can be a to the lost of the world. Don’t forget this very simple fact: You will not be able to answer if you don’t know His Word! We will never have all the answers to appease everyone’s questions…but we want to be able to give a answer that can help them in their questions! When you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know, it’s okay to let them know that “you don’t know”, but at least give them options…try to find the answer from those who may know, or better yet…use that opportunity to bring them to church =)