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.
Paul is lifting up the people of Thessalonica by giving them praise and thanksgiving. If he were to begin with criticizing them, he would never really get their attention. One verse really
sticks out to me is verse 4-5. “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.” The words “he has chosen you” take away the “anthropocentric” (man-centered) and shows a Christocentric view which is Christ-centered. It is Christ (or God’s) work in us through
the Holy Spirit. Man too often wants to take credit for our own personal conversion, but it is a gift of God.
I pray: O Lord, you have been working on me in spite of my sinful nature. I repent and want to do better.
Continue shaping me according to your will. Amen.