Weekly Sabbath Survey
To-Do List — 4-27-13
Have you ever wondered how our life here, waiting for the Lord’s return, might be summed up? Just what all is it that we need to be doing? Besides making a living, caring for our children and other family, what should we be doing in and for the Lord?
I was in my regular reading recently and came across this To-Do list from Paul to the Thessalonians. It has made me realize that not much has changed from the time of those first Jewish Believers in The Way. We still have the problems of the human condition, and we still have those who do not regard themselves as ‘ministers.’
Paul is writing to that group among us. I think it’s safe to say that if we are not ministers to and in the congregation, in the sense of the Five-Fold ministry, then we are squarely in the office of “Witness.” As in, “You shall be My Witnesses in the town where you are now, then in the states around you, and ultimately into the furthest places on the Earth.” [Acts 1:8]
No matter how unpolished or ill-educated we are, all of us who know the Lord Jesus can tell others what we have seen, what has happened to us. This is what a Witness does. It was the Witnesses, not the Apostles, Prophets, Pastor/Teachers, not even the Evangelists (Missionaries), who turned a pesky little sect in B.C. Judaism into a major world-wide belief and faith. It was the person with an experience, the Witness, who convinced others to believe. The Samaritan woman at the well was a perfect example. She ran and told everyone about this man she met who could look right through you into your very soul. It made others want to see Him. It was the pattern Paul used to found congregations all over Asia. He stayed long enough to get a few saved and baptized. He helped select the leaders/elders to serve among them. Then, he left. It was the Witnesses who worked and increased their numbers afterward that.
After reading this passage several times, I realized it really does cover all the bases. And it’s a good reminder, in case Paul’s readers (which includes us, 21 centuries later!), may have forgotten some things along the way. I thought it might bless you the way it did me. Paul is speaking to the Witnesses:
Cherish those who do the work of the ministry among you, who direct you in the Lord,
and admonish you. Regard them most highly in love because of their work. You must
habitually keep the peace among yourselves. And we urge you, you must admonish
the disorderly and constantly encourage the discouraged, continually help the weak,
and you must always be patient with everyone.
Always be rejoicing. You must pray unceasingly, you must continually give thanks in
every situation: for this is the will of YHVH in Messiah Yeshua for you. You must make
a habit of never ever quenching the Holy Spirit, and must continually not ever despise
the ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit among you, but you must always constantly prove
all things; you must incessantly hold fast to good, you must faithfully keep yourselves
away from every form of evil.
The God of Peace Himself purify you all completely in all respects, and would He keep
your spirit and inner being and body blamelessly whole, with no part unsound, for the
coming of the Lord our Yeshua Messiah. The One who calls you is faithful, Who also
will do what He has said.
Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. I solemnly charge you in the name of
the Lord to share this letter abroad to others. The grace of our Lord Yeshua Messiah be
I Thessalonians 5:12-28 — The Power New Testament
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah