Every time I read or study my Bible I always want a take home for that day, something that concerns me or speaks to my current state as a follower of Christ. You know the Bible likened the word of God to a mirror. James 1:23-25
I always want to look in “The Mirror” and know how I look at all times.
So when I read the following scriptures in 1 Thessalonians 1: 7-10 (Message):
Do you know that all over the provinces of both Macedonia and Achaia believers look up to you? The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore—you are the message! People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God. They marvel at how expectantly you await the arrival of his Son, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom.
I asked myself one simple but thought provoking question: Can This Be Said Of Me?
Can you re-read those verses and see the weight of what Apostle Paul said of the Thessalonian Christians?
He said to put it in very simple terms: “everyone knows you follow Christ so we don’t need to tell them, anything about Christian living, they see it in you, you are examples to every one of what a Christian should be.”
“Believers look up to you” Not just because you dress the part, look the part or talk the part but because…
“Your lives are echoing the Master’s word!”
“And we really do not have to preach any more because your lifestyle does the work”
I wondered if anyone, my pastor, brethren in Church, my husband, children, friends, neighbours or even acquaintances could say these of me.
I always like to know that I am following God like He wants and I am doing the things that please Him, things that would lead others to Him and expand His kingdom.
In an attempt to gain more understanding of what was being said I decided to back up to the preceding verses and I saw in verse 3:
As we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master,Jesus Christ, before God our Father. (Emphasis mine)
I now got to know what I needed to do to be sure I live as an example;
I must grow in faith as I study and practice God’s word
I must love and serve God (and others) with all my heart
I must live my life in continual conscious remembrance that Christ’s return is imminent. I must keep my hope to spend eternity with Him alive.
And I must work out my salvation with fear and trembling
I want to live a life that glorifies God, a life that will cause men to turn from sin and desire to know Him as Lord, Saviour and Master. I want my life to be a living message to a dying world. And more importantly, I want to hear God say to me “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
How about you? Do you desire to be spoken of like Apostle Paul spoke of the Thessalonian Church? Tell me what you think, just leave me a comment in the comment box when you scroll further down.
Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a mentor, encourager and influencer. She writes to inspire you to live a full life. Ugochi lives in Canada with her husband Benson and their children; Joshua, Joseph and Josiah.