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Out From You

Out From You

12 May 2009

Scripture:

7 As a result, you yourselves became an example to all the Christians in Greece. 8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Greece, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, 9 for they themselves keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the true and living God. 10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment. (1 Thessalonians 1:7-10 NLT)

Observation:

I was struck this morning by Paul’s greeting to the believers in the Greek region of Thessalonica. They were suffering persecution for their faith, somewhat isolated from other believers, but fervently committed to Christ. Paul told them their faith was making them famous, that the life they lived was becoming the Gospel message to others. Then he spelled out the three characteristics that identified their faith:
• They were generous, open, welcoming, and inclusive of others.
• Their faith had changed their values from the worthless to the truly precious.
• They lived in expectation and anticipation of the coming King – Jesus Christ.

Application:

I want to live my life so that someone, somewhere, could know about me and say, “You’re the message!” I’m going to think about these three characteristics of the Thessalonian believers and look for ways to apply them to my life:
• My open, inclusive, and welcoming attitude toward others.
• My values.
• My expectation and motives for living.

I want to live inclusively, value what God values, live for eternity.

Prayer:

Father, thanks for a heart-check from the reading today. I’m thinking about these things all day today and I purpose to adjust my life toward what I see here. Inclusive of others, not holding on to the junk, living with expectation and anticipation. Amen!

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