Paul’s love for the churches

July 24th, 2009

One of the things that has really come through in my daily Bible readings this year is Paul’s great love for the local church. In a number of his letters he describes his love for the people in the local church and his desire to see it thrive.

In 1 Thessalonians 2:7-11 Paul talks about his previous visit to Thessalonica and how they treated the people like a nursing mother treats her child (v7) and how a good father treats his children (v11). His love especially for the local church really shines through especially in verse 8. In the NLT he says, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too”.

The heart of the matter is that Paul loved the local church so much that he invested his whole life into it. He knew that if people were going to be all they can be for Christ and persevere, then the local church would need to be strong and thrive. Accordingly he spent his life planting churches and sowing into them.

My heart for my town and my region is that each of the local churches would be strong and healthy. Like Paul I am committed to seeing the local churches grow and be strong. My heart is to see people encouraged and built up so they can be all they can be for Christ and really impact this world for God’s Kingdom.

How about you? Do you have a real love for the local church? Do you long to see if grow and thrive so God’s Kingdom can come to your local area? Like Paul, I think it is something worth investing your life into.

God Bless,