1 Thessalonians 1:2–10 (ESV)
The Thessalonians’ Faith and Example
2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by
God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 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, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 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. 9 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, 10 and to wait for his
Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
I want to focus on two verses: “6 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, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” What would have happened and where would Christianity be today if they had NOT become “imitators
of us and of the Lord?” Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that we give only lip service to God. He calls us to repent and to change our ways. We may want to take credit for this change, but the credit belongs to the Holy Spirit.
We do choose to cooperate with the workings of the Holy Spirit, but we can also say no. We are to become a “new person” through Christ. People should see Christ in us through our love and actions. We see that their word of the
Lord spread, but also their faith in God has gone forth everywhere. Faith naturally produces good works, and in that order.
I pray: O Lord, help me to proclaim Jesus Christ’s life, death,
and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. Help me to show my love through action. Amen.