Wherever We Go
Posted: Wednesday, October 9
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8
Verse of the day
“And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God.”
(1 Thessalonians 1: 8-9)
Have you ever been known for something? Has there been, or is there something so paramount to your identity that people know you for that? It could be something great like a specific talent, a great work ethic, a good job, etc… or it could be something not as good. My freshmen year of high school… I came in a year early which meant that as an already small person, I was even younger and smaller than everyone else. Because of that, my percussion instructor thought it would be a great idea for me to be the little drummer boy in our Christmas program… only instead of wearing some normal costume… they decided it would be way more fun if I dressed up as a small, fluffy penguin (I will be taking those yearbook photos to my grave). Needless to say, I didn’t live that one down for a long time.
So our physical characteristics and our actions can go a long way in defining us. When looking at the church in Thessalonica, Paul gives this incredible insight into what they were known for. Read verses 8-9 one more time. Paul says that wherever he goes… wherever he travels through the vast Roman Empire, he finds people telling him about the faith in God of the church in Thessalonica. He then says that he doesn’t even need to tell those people about the gospel, because they keep talking about the testimony of the Thessalonians. Now he’s not saying that they didn’t need to tell people about Jesus. He’s saying that the way they lived their lives, the conversations they had, and their unique testimonies was how they helped spread the gospel.
Could you imagine having that testimony? Imagine that because of how you talked about your relationship with Jesus, the way you lived your life, and the way you shared your testimony, that other people talked about how you were different. How much easier would it be if you went to tell a friend about Jesus, and they responded that they already knew and had interest because another person’s testimony had already laid the foundation. I want to be that foundation for others. I want to push past my fears or insecurities and share my testimony and relationship with Christ in a way that people talk about it, and that a foundation is already in place for when others begin to share as well.