I’ve been meditating on 1 Thessalonians one or two verses at a time. If you’re interested, you can scroll back to see the earlier ones, as well as the occasional explanation of what I’m doing, in case this looks wierd to you.
1 Thessalonians 1:8 “For the Lord’s message rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place that your faith in God has gone out, so we don’t need to say anything.”
Wherever Paul goes, he has no need to tell what God’s doing in Thessalonica because everyone has already heard about it. The Thessalonian believers were the talk of the region. So, here’s what God said to me as I meditated on this verse:
“I infiltrated them so thoroughly that everyone noticed. Nothing was the same in them after I came to them. People did notice. Their lives had changed. No more were they fearful, but full of joy. No longer were they a shame and a reproach–they became a godly and a glorious people. My transformation, which I worked in them, was manifestly the difference between death and life.
“I still transform lives and people. I still work in and through My people. I want to work through you as you seek after My will for your lives. I will direct you as you listen and wait before Me. Soak in My Spirit and you will become more and more perfumed by My continual presence. The world will smell My fragrance and they will hate it, or they will love it, but they will react. No one remains neutral in My presence. You are My presence if you will seek Me and walk with Me night and day.”
My brothers and sisters, We are the only manifestation of Jesus most of the world will ever see. What an awesome responsibility, but if we abide in Him, God will do this through us. It is absolutely crucial that we do abide in Him. So go seek Him now. He’s waiting and longing for your company.
Grace and Peace,