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Do Not Grow Weary
March 6, 2020, 4:16 PM

Last Tuesday I got to celebrate my birthday with one of my favorite activities: our monthly Pastors lunch.  We were joined by two pastors of new Hispanic church plants that I had invited—we were encouraged by their excitement to reach their community and we prayed for them. We also congratulated Pastor Jeff Coburn for his ministry of 25 years at Signal Heights Baptist Church. His longevity made me think of Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Why did the apostle write this? Because we can grow weary in doing good and because we will be tempted to give up. So I asked Pastor Jeff if he had any insights he could share about the longevity of his ministry. I loved his response—his answer was love. He talked about showing the love of Christ is simple, everyday ways and the impact that this had on his church.

That is exactly what Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10, “About love: You don’t need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers and sisters in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers and sisters, to do this even more.” It was evident to the apostle that these believers in were loving one another. Why was it so evident? Because love is something that is manifested.  Love isn’t merely a feeling you have—love is an action that you take. That’s why Paul thanks God in chapter one for their labor of love. Love is what you do.  True love isn’t just what you say, true love isn’t what you feel—no, true love is what you do.

Years ago Kim Boyce recorded a song entitled, “Not too far from here.”  She sings,

Somebody’s troubled and confused
Somebody’s got nothing left to lose
Not too far from here
Somebody’s forgotten how to trust
Somebody’s dying for love
Not too far from here

It may be a stranger's face
But I’m praying for Your grace
To move in me and take away the fear
'Cause somebody’s hurting
Not too far from here

The God of love lives inside you, and He has chosen you to be His ambassador, to bring His love to those He has placed in your life.  May He open our eyes and our hearts to love as Christ loves us!

Pastor Ron Prosise
Director of Ministry, SRBN

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