#180 A Winter’s Progress

In sunny Sydney we have hit June: winter. And didn’t it show itself in full force this week? I can’t remember when I last felt this cold. Sure, it’s “Sydney cold”, I know. But it was still single digits for a significant amount of the day.

A great threat with Year 9 though, to send them outside if they talk too much. Worked a charm.

I digress.

In the last two posts, I explored the idea of progress in the Christian life and how we might know whether we are progressing. I explored a few ideas but said I wanted to think about it some more.

I love it when the answer is right in front of my face and I don’t notice it. Literally, in front of my face. Blu-tacked to the hutch of my desk, no less. It’s some summary notes I wrote years ago, from 1 Thessalonians chapter 3 while I was reading a book by Don Carson. Here’s what it says in Thessalonians:

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

There’s a lot in there to think about if we want to consider whether we are progressing in the faith.

Here’s some questions I asked myself as a result of the passage. Perhaps you can do the same.

Do I thank God for other Christians?

Do I pray night and day? Do I pray that others will have their needs met?

Do I pray for fellowship with other Christians?

Do I pray that others will have an increase in love for others? Do I have the same for them?

Do I pray that others will be strong in the faith, blameless and holy at the end?

Do I?

Well, yes, to some extent. However, perhaps progress in the faith for me might look like doing this more and more. Or, being a bit more methodical about it.

Something for me to consider this week – and put into practice. I’ve got the summary sheet right in front of my face to help me do it. Just looking at it isn’t going to be progress though. Seems rather pointless, actually. I need to do it, too.

I’ll pray that I can progress in my prayer for others this week. I’ll pray that you do the same. 😉

Yours in getting a new prayer diary for winter,

Alison

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