Are You Known for Your Faith?
“And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.” (1 Thessalonians 1:7 NIV)
The church in Thessalonica became a model to all the churches in the area. Why? There was no mention of the number of congregants; they didn’t meet in an ornate building; we don’t even know who the leaders were. What was famous about the church was their faith. From this group of believers, the apostle Paul says, the message had rung out concerning their faith in Christ. It had “become known everywhere” (1 Thessalonians 1:8).
In order to know how effective a church’s ministry is, you don’t need to know what songs they sing; whether they have special lighting or use PowerPoint; or whether their services are solemn or loud. The only test is the people. Is it a place saturated with people loving and praising God and hungering for more of him? That has an impact on others.
Have you ever been around someone worshiping God, and it makes you want to worship God too? Have you ever talked to someone who loves the Word so much that you want more of the Word yourself? The church in Thessalonica had that. The people around them were reporting that the Thessalonians had turned from worthless idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for the Son of God to return from heaven.
Sadly, some are waiting today, not for Jesus’ coming, but to see who will win an Oscar or some football game. And the world is watching. It wasn’t that way with the church of the Thessalonians. They were known for their faith.
Is that what you would like others to say about you? Do you want to be counted among those who have a profound impact on others because of your “work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3)? Tell the Lord today. He longs to produce that in all of us by the power of his precious Holy Spirit.
Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10.