Tuesday, March 19
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy: To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace. 2 We always thank God for all of you, making mention of you constantly in our prayers. 3 We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with full assurance. You know how we lived among you for your benefit, 6 and you yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit. 7 As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For the word of the Lord rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place that your faith in God has gone out. Therefore, we don’t need to say anything, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and trueGod 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
As the message about Jesus took root in Thessalonica, there was strong evidence that it’s work in them was real. Notice that they began to live differently and believe differently. There was assurance that the gospel was true and that motivated endurance in these believers to live in the face of difficulty. When someone believes in Jesus, his or her life begins to change. And, that genuine belief is deeply encouraging not only to the person, but to those around them.
Father, thank You for the evidence of faith in Jesus that You have brought about in my life. The very fact that I’m reading the Bible right now when I used to have no interest in doing so is encouraging! Help me today to continue to believe and walk by faith.
What is the most recent evidence of my life being changed that I can point to? Who else have I seen that evidence in that I could encourage today by telling them so?
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.