I praise God for you, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. I give thanks to Him for all the work you have accomplished in His name so far. It is a great privilege to be called by the Lord, to be placed in the service of the King. He has given each one of His servants a unique charge, a distinctive duty, and a different responsibility to be performed.
Be proud of what He has given you. Don’t look to others to find your value. You are very precious and priceless in His sight. But praise the Lord for the great task He has given to you. He designed you especially for this mantle that He has placed upon your shoulders. Focus on Him and His direction as you walk the path He has laid out for you.
He is doing great work in the hearts and minds of all His servants. Every step of the journey is important and is a part of His plan. Though you may be scaling a sheer cliff, hanging onto a small handhold, working and climbing your way to the top, or perhaps He has placed you on a grassy patch to wait and rest. The Lord is working, stretching, healing, and carrying you to the top of the hill called difficulty. You will make it to the top. He will make sure of that.
I praise God that He has given you steadfast hope, love, and joy even in the face of hardship, trial, and testing. That you have been faithful to your God, just as He has been faithful to you. He has used you in great and mighty ways. So many that you don’t even know, and He will continue to use you until your days are done.
He loves to take broken, bruised, and shattered vessels that were rejected and useless to man. He loves to gather them to Himself healing and mending the broken pieces, shaping them into beautiful and useful vessels for His power, glory, and joy to be poured out on those all around.
You are precious and of great value to the Lord. Continue to give yourself completely to His will, plan, and purpose. When you reach the top of the hill called Difficulty you will never look back and regret any of the sacrifice or time you dedicated to Him. But you will glory and shout for joy for all He has done and all that He has given to you in return. The Lord will give a great reward to those who love, follow, and obey Him.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.
9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.