Week 46, Day 2
Week 46, Day 2
November 15, 2022
Scripture: 1Thessalonians 1
“For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.” (1 Thessalonians 1:4–7)
“for they themselves report what happened when we visited you. They tell 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 rescues us from the coming wrath.” (1 Thessalonians 1:9–10)
The challenge to remain faithful to God during great trial and suffering is still before us.
Who will we serve?
The Thessalonians turned from idols to serve the living and true God, Jesus Christ.
In their efforts in this, they become a model to all believers. They became one of the first preacher illustrations, told by preachers across the region. “Look to the church in Thessalonica! They were surrounded by idols, yet they refused to worship them!”
They are still illustrative for us regarding our walk with Christ and our trusting in him. Will we turn from the gods that we serve of money and mammon, status, and prestige? Will we turn from the worship of man, money and institutions, sports and so much more to serve, love and worship the living and true God?
Will we become the next preacher illustration of a people who turn their hearts from loving the world and conforming to it? Will we trust in the Lord and walk with him?
“Look at them! They’ve turned from evil, and trust in the Lord!”
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.