Day 192/260: Read 1 Corinthians 16
How do we treat the people who do the work of the Lord? In his closing thoughts to the church in Corinth, Paul urged them to treat Timothy with love and respect when he arrived. “And if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do. Therefore let no one despise him. But send him on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I am waiting for him with the brethren.”
Those who labor in the Word, who dedicate their lives to teaching the lost and fulfilling the Great Commission, are too often mistreated by the brethren at large. Friends, the preacher who is teaching the truth is not your enemy. He teaches the truth because he wants you to go to heaven. He is not trying to make you feel guilty about what you have done; he is trying to make you want to do better.
This is the charge that Paul issued to Timothy in a personal letter to the young preacher: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).
The apostle wanted the church to listen and to make the needed corrections in their lives, and to treat the preacher with respect as he instructed them in these things. Let the preacher do his work “without fear”; “let no one despise him.”
Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)
1 Corinthians 15:58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Pray for the proper attitude in receiving the truth revealed in the Word.