Thought For The Week…
(Romans 5:3-5) “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (KJV)
Great Commission Baptist Church is enveloped in some very exciting times these days! On February 9, 2014, just a few weeks ago, our church officially and formally organized; adopting a constitution and bonding into a covenant. A few days ago, we saw our first soul get saved for the year… Hallelujah! Our church has enjoyed many answers to prayer and has given public testimony to what God has done in our lives.
In the midst of these “positive” things, our church family has faced some heavy opposition from Satan. This blitzkrieg of trials are, themselves, a “positive“ too! Even though troubles do not seem to be a “positive”, they are, in fact, very healthy for us at GCBC. The truth is that every child of God needs a dose of tribulation for a spiritual healthy walk with Christ!
The Apostle Paul, in Romans chapter five, encourages his readers to glory in, that is, to rejoice in, tribulations! It is counterproductive to allow discouragement and anguish to rob us of the blessing of trials. Paul goes on to teach us that tribulation produces valuable character traits and helps to shape our integrity.
The very first child Tribulation gives birth to is named, Patience. Patience is one of those individuals that nobody likes to speak about and certainly is not one anybody wants to get to know on a first name basis. Patience is, however, an individual that a child of God must learn from if he or she desires to have Christian character and integrity. Patience is defined as cheerful endurance. While it is hard to be happy and cheerful during the storms of life, through Christ we can! Patience teaches us a lot about life and its lessons.
As Patience matures in our lives, we gain experience. This kind of experience is a very specific character trait that is sorely needed in our church. In essence it is the trustworthiness of our soul. In other words, it is the fact that we have endured the test and we were faithful through it to its completion. There are no short cuts to this kind of experience. Just because you existed and made it through a trial does not mean you gained experience. Tribulation produces patience and patience produces experience!
Experience produces the all-important character trait of hope. Hope is defined as a confident, cheerful expectation. The more trials we endure the more patience we should gain. The more patience we have the more experience we should have. This experience, no doubt, will encourage us to trust and be more and more confident in the Lord!
Let me put the cookies on the bottom shelf for a moment. I want to encourage everyone at Great Commission Baptist Church. God is blessing each of us. Though we are facing some enormous trials in our lives, we should take courage from these Scriptures. We must be doing something right! So the next time you get down and out over the storm in your life just remember that God is working on you! He is trying to shape you to be a better tool that He can use! Indeed, this is a “POSITIVE” thing!