An Affectionate Desire

I was reading in 1 Thessalonians this morning and a verse really jumped out at me. Paul was speaking about his ministry to the Thessalonians:

“So, being affectionately desirous for you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.”

1 Thessalonians 2:8

I just started a new position in which I will actually have staff that I manage and lead. This morning I was praying for them and then the Lord lead me to this verse as I am reading through 1 Thessalonians. Isn’t it cool when the Lord seconds a prayer with scripture? It’s like He is just right there saying to you, “Right on.”

So often times it seems like I do things to do them- either because I should or it is something I have done a million times. Paul’s ministry wasn’t out of obligation or morality, but rather out of an “affectionate desire.” Reading even that word makes me feel like it would better belong in Song of Solomon. But that is how Paul viewed ministry- an intimate longing for those who you are serving.

Paul makes it very clear that they not only ready to share the gospel but also themselves because of how dearly they felt for the Thessalonians.

The question: Are you “affectionately desirous” for those you serve?

Father I beg in the name of Jesus that you would stir within each of us an affectionate desire for those we serve- at church, at work, in our families, at the grocery store. Lord build up within us a deep desire for those that we are ministering to. Ready us with love so that we can share Your gospel!!! Develop that love so deep that we are also ready to share ourselves- our whole life and whole heartedly. May we work today as if working for you Lord and not man. None of this is done for man. But build within us a love, that you honor, for man.