Sunday, May 19, 2024

Paul tells us in - Colossians 3:23 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

I want to take some time and look at Thaddeus’ life and see that Jesus sees you as somebody even when the world looks at you as a nobody!

The first thing I would like to see is that:
I. PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW YOUR NAME, BUT JESUS DOES

The man we are talking about today had several names:
• He is called "Lebbaeus" in Matthew 10:3.
• He is called “Judas brother of James” in Luke 6:16.
• He is called “Judas, Not Iscariot” in John 14:22.
• He is called “Thaddeus” in Mark 3:18.

It is human nature to desire a measure of recognition. People go to great lengths to stand out from the crowd and to be unique and/or different.

Throughout your Bible you will not hear Thaddeus preach a powerful sermon. You will not see him (specifically) healing some one who was sick. You will not read that he ever cast out a demon. But it is very possible, dare I say even probable that he did all of these things.

Mark 6:7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.……………… 12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

II. PEOPLE MAY NOT REALIZE YOUR WORTH, BUT JESUS DOES

Mark 3:13
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons.

For whatever reason, we do not have an in-depth record of Thaddeus’ service as a disciple of Christ. But just the fact that he is named among the twelve should show us something. Whatever your service, whatever the task that Jesus has chosen for you, it is an honor to be chosen to serve.

III. PEOPLE MAY NOT RECOGNIZE YOUR EFFORT, BUT JESUS DOES!

There are rewards for those who are simply faithful wherever God has placed them - Colossians 3:23 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Notice a conversation between Peter & Jesus on the subject of rewards - Matthew 19:27 Then Peter said in reply, “27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Though the world may not recognize your effort, though you may never be “rewarded” down here, Jesus has much more in store for you. You too have an eternal reward!

Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

At that Judgment seat there will be crowns given to the faithful. We read of 5 different crowns in the Word of God.
1) The Incorruptible Crown - Awarded for faithfulness to the Lord - 1 Cor. 9:25.
2) The Crown Of Life - For the person who endures and overcomes temptation - James 1:12.
3) The Crown Of Rejoicing - This is the soul winner’s crown - 1 Thes. 2:19.
4) The Crown Of Righteousness - This will be given to those who anticipate and live in the light of the return of Jesus - 2 Tim. 4:8
5) The Crown Of Glory -This will be given to the faithful ministers who give themselves to lead and feed the flock of God - 1 Pet. 5:4.

We may not know very many details of Thaddeus’ story but I can assure you he stored up treasures in Heaven. 

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