Desires, yesterday I talked to you about Paul’s desire to see people saved. He was willing to do whatever it took to see people saved from the bondage of sin. Today, I want to talk to you about another one of his desires.
We find that in First Thessalonians chapter two, verse 17. And he says this, but since we were torn away from you, brothers for a short time, in person, not in heart, we endeavored, the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, because we wanted to come to you, I, Paul, again and again, but Satan hindered us.
I want you to notice here, his desire to serve others. I think it’s so important for us to understand that we in Jesus Christ, have a calling to serve others. And because Jesus Christ set the example, it should be our desire to serve others.
Many people do their service for God out of obligation, they feel they have to do it. But I want you to know today, that when we are followers of Christ, it is a great privilege to serve others in his name, and for His glory.
And so today, think about your desire. What are you willing to do so that you can serve others.
The apostle Paul talked about his desire to go to Thessalonica. He was willing to change his plans, he was willing to set aside his own personal comfort. He was willing to do anything he could to go to these people that he so desired to serve.
I want to encourage you to think in terms of your spiritual ambition, and to make it your desire to serve others. It’s a choice that when you make it, you will be looking for ways to serve instead of avoiding opportunities. And when you do, let me tell you what will happen. You will be blessed. You will be the one who will enjoy your Christian life, and you will lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
So what is your desire today? I hope it’ll be a desire to serve others.