Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10
We live in very difficult times in our culture today. With the advances of technology we are at a time when idolatry is very prevalent. Not to say that idolatry has not always existed but availability to indulge in our idolatry is at an all time high. The Thessalonians were sort of like our modern day New York City. It was the capital of Rome and a booming center of trade. It was a melting pot of Romans, Jews, Greeks and Egyptians. With that kind of society there was a number of different religions and cults. As we look at our passage today I want to help us think about what we can learn from the Thessalonians. How did they demonstrate the gospel through their lives in a culture devoid of the gospel?
1. They demonstrated the joy of Christ in the midst of affliction.
We live in a day and time when having faith in Jesus can be seen as ignorant, closed minded and even hateful because of our the Bible’s stance on family and marriage. You will face opposition for your faith at some level if you are trying to live out a genuine faith in Jesus. How you respond will determine who is in control of your heart, yourself or Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. It does not mean you have to be happy about affliction but it does mean you will have a peace and joy beyond understanding in the midst of affliction (Philippians 4:7)
2. True faith in the midst of struggle speaks volumes to those around us.
If you want to be a light in your home, your work place, in your school or wherever you go then have authentic faith. I have heard it said that, “more is caught then taught.” It is absolutely true. The Thessalonians got an opportunity to be a witness because of their actions. If you want your kids to love God then show them that God matters to you by your actions. If you want your co-workers or lost friends to give you an opportunity to share your faith then show them that your faith is real and that it matters.
What would you say that you have been communicating about your faith to others by your actions? What needs to change?
Posted: Chad Wiles