It was with many challenges that Paul and his companions, Timothy and Silas, preached the gospel in Thessalonica.


You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 1 Thessalonian 2:1-2


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It appears that their motives to preach in spite of this opposition were questioned. It must have puzzle many as to how these men were willing to risk their lives for the sake preaching the good news. So Paul was compelled to explain their motives.


For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonica 2:3-4


He continued to give further evidence of their self-denial and abandoning their rights in order to make sure nothing would hinder the reception of the gospel.


You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed – God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children among you. 1 Thessalonians 2:5-7


1.     Are you actively serving the Lord today? If so, what are your motives for doing this? If you are actively serving in your church, then, what are your motives for doing this?

2.     There are two ways I know of that God will use to judge our service to Him. The first is faithfulness. And this is more obvious than the second one. The second one is our motives. Listen to what the Holy Spirit spoke through Apostle Paul about this.

Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. I Corinthians 4:5

3.     There are many reasons people can serve in the church. It can be to please parents, to impress friends, to please the pastor, to gain status in the community, and for some, to gain salvation. Not everyone who is serving in the church has the right motives for serving the Lord.

4.     Those who are serving God with the wrong motives will not be able to stand any persecution or trials in the ministry.

5.     Examine yourself! Are you serving God with the right motives?

Are you actively Serving The Lord Today

Are you passionately laboring for

His Kingdom here on earth?

Are you faithful in this

Service of the Lord?

Here is one more question for you


By Pastor Shadrack Ruto

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