This is one of the most important scriptures in all of the New Testament and should any believer understand it, it would be one of the most important instructions as far as their Christian walk is concerned.
The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to Philemon, a brother in the faith concerning his Slave Onesimus and while the story of what transpired between Philemon and Onesimus, this verse spells more than one can see instantly.
Paul says that it is ideal that your faith in the gospel is ‘working’ or operative. In other words, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, It is vital that the promises and signs of the gospel is evident in your life. God does not want you to be a Christian who has ‘nothing in your life to show for it’.
If you as a believer suffer the same challenges, problems and failures other humans who do not have Christ suffer then something is wrong with your faith. The bible tells us that we are a chosen generation, a peculiar people, God’s own special purchased persons that we should show forth his excellence, glory and virtues to our world. Is your life exuding the glory of God or are a believer who experiences nothing that God’s word promises?
If you are broke today or sick today or dying today, it is not because God wants to humble you. God does not use tools of the devil to humble his kids. No sane parent will use the tools of an enemy to make his kids suffer so as to teach them a lesson. Why would God be any different? If the devil will bless his kids and make them popular and famous in the things they do because they serve him, how then will a kind and loving God ensure you have a miserable life to birth humility in you? God wants you well. He wants you strong, he wants you to prosper, he wants you to have a happy life- these are all in his word.
God wants your faith to be effectual. He wants you to be a Christian whose life is a picture of the riches and blessings of the gospel. There are good things in you and God wants these things to rise up to the surface and for the world to see them. This brings to mind the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy in 1st Timothy 4:15; Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. God wants your profiting in life to be evident to all.
In the next couple of days; I will be sharing with you what these things in you are and how to activate them in your life.
May God’s Spirit rest upon you today and cause you to prosper in all you do. Amen
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