8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We donít need to tell them about it,9 for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God.10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of Godís Son from heavenóJesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.
1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 (NLT)
As I was reading this I was thinking about what the world would be like if every person that called themselves a Christian had a testimony that rang out to all the people. The word of the Lord proclaiming His power and grace through each individual to the point that we need not defend ourselves and no other Christian would ever have to either. That was the testimony of those in the church a Thessalonica. The change in them and their treatment of others was so real that there was no question about whom or what they believed in. They were on fire for God and filled with the Holy Spirit knowing that there salvation was assured in the sacrifice that Jesus had made on the Cross and in the promise of His resurrection. As Christians today we often fail to remember; or we deny where we were, when Jesus offered us salvation and in doing this we hinder His testimony. You see it really is not our testimony that the world sees or hears it is the testimony of God through Jesus Christ that He can take a drunken lying adultery and bring them to a place of new life. We have no testimony without the power of Jesus in our life; because the Holy Spirit brings His power to bear on each of us. Without it we would still be lost and undone. As we trust in Jesus and the power that is found in His shed blood we have a promise that Paul shares with the Thessalonians that is also ours today. You have been rescued from the terrors of Judgment and you have the promise of eternal life. I challenge you to live a life worthy of that sacrifice and walk each day in the light of His Word. People will see the real testimony as you walk in His light. Have a blessed day.