Finally, total relief (Proverbs 27, II Thessalonians 1)

“And to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels,”  II Th. 1:7

Last week I was reading about one of the top leaders in the Catholic church in Atlanta.  He recently completed a 2.2 million dollar home.  The leader repented of his actions as a result of the Pope’s rebuke of all leaders who were living in an exorbitant way.  As I thought about the article, I tried to reconcile this with what Paul wrote to the church in II Thessalonians 1.

This great church was growing in steadfastness and faith in the midst of persecutions and afflictions.  Paul’s letter to them was of great encouragement in the fact that they had something far better to look forward to.  Those who were persecuting them and preventing the gospel would be repaid, “with flaming fire.”

Think it through:

1.  There will be a day when the end will come.  For the Child of God this will be a day of relief and reward.

2.  There are days when we simply have to endure looking to the day of relief.  Living for Christ places us at odds with the world.  Living for God placing us in a position of lovingly giving all we have for the gospel.

Our response:

How can I point the finger at the leader who spent 2.2 million dollars without pointing the finger at my own life and all the comforts I have here? I truly believe we as followers of Christ lose the joy of looking to the future when we waste all of our resources on being relieved in this life.

I want to use what God has given me for the glory of the Lord.  I want to use what God has given me for the relief of the afflicted and for the spreading of the gospel.  There is coming a day when we will be relieved of all we face.  Until then, may we not become trapped in the mindset that says, “I want relief now.”

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