“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:6-10)
The Thessalonian church made an impact. They received the Gospel from Paul and accepted it. Not only did they accept it, they shared it as well. They became “an example” as Paul mentions in his letter to all the believers in the region. People throughout Macedonia and Achaia knew of the work and the faith that the Thessalonians had. They were faithful in the Gospel. They were strong believers in Jesus Christ. They were persevering through persecution.
This week, let us be like the Thessalonians. Let us love others with the love of Christ. Let us go out and share all that Jesus has done for us. At let us persevere in serving and loving God with all we are.