What Did Paul Do in His Spare Time

 

 

Paul wants to teach nurturing by example and to help the saints to be firmly grounded or anchored.  The Apostle gives us a slice out of his very personal life and shows us his activities while on standby - what he did while he was WAITING. Have you ever thought of how valuable those unplanned times of unexpected waiting can become?

 

 -It’s when someone doesn’t show up for the appointment times.

 -When your car isn’t repaired by when you were told.

 - It's those layovers at airport times.

 - Sometimes it’s a Hospital and doctor's waiting rooms times.

 - It's waiting to get picked up at work or school times.

 - Just plain old waiting time that Paul models the best use of.

 

 

This passage in I Thessalonians  2:17-3:10 is his testimony to them of what a spiritual giant does and what we should emulate.... seven pursuits of godly men and women in their spare time.

 

Paul directs his heart and mind toward his ministry to these saints... Things he did while waiting and out of their presence.

 

What a blessed endeavor to model in our lives... use those spare time thoughts for God!

 

1. PAUL WAS AWARE

OF SATAN'S ACTIVITY:

1 Thessalonians 3:5 “For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.” (NKJV)

 

 

2. PAUL DIDN'T BLAME

EVERYTHING ON THE DEVIL!

 

Paul saw divine hindrances as well as diabolical. Acts 16:6-7 “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.  After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.” (NKJV)

 

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