A boy was walking along a dusty country road, a rifle slung over his shoulder. A man in a car saw the
boy, stopped and asked him what he was hunting. “Don’t know,” said the boy. “I ain’t seen it yet.” .
Swindoll, Growing Strong, p. 13). … More
In this section of Paul’s letter he allows us to understand his heart-beat as he focuses on some of his personal feelings and emotional reactions. When the Word of God is within us, the enemies of God will be upon us. This brings us to three motivating factors for Christian growth:
The ultimate reward for Paul’s ministry was not money or fame, but new believers whose lives had been changed. Our greatest joy in life will be those who come to Christ and grow in Him.
My main goal in life should not only be to go to heaven myself but to take as many people as possible with me, The only thing I can take to heaven with me is someone else.
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. For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.
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