1 Thessalonians 1
1This letter is from Paul,Silas, and Timothy to the church in Thessalonica. God is your heavenly the Father and you are in the Lord Jesus Christ. God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ personally send divine empowerment and peace to you.
2We continually pray and thank God for you.
When an individual realizes the significance and power of prayer, they will live refuse to go a moment without praying.
3We will always remember your acts of faiths, constant expression of God’s agape love, and unwavering desire to know our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
Is the testimony of your life so distinct it stands out and is rememberable to others? Is your faith so unforgettable that it leaves a lasting impression on those you come in contact with on a daily basis?
4My friends live fully aware that God has chosen you before the foundation of the world.
Are you fully aware God did not only saved you but your heavenly Father has personally and intentionally chosen you. Before this universe existed your Father saw you. Your Father has created the universe for the sole purpose of developing a relationship with His children.
5Our message was more than mere words but a demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s power confirmed our message and is giving you full assurance our message is from God. Our actions display deep personal concern for you also validates our message.
Mere words cannot not make God real to an individual. We need to seek a relationship with our heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit. Until you encounter a relationship with your Heavenly Father, your life will not be a demonstration of His power.
6You have received this message even though it has caused you great suffering. Even in the midst of suffering you are following our example and pursuing God because of the supernatural joy the Holy Spirit provides.
Are you determined to pursue God regardless of the circumstances of your life. It is easy to pursue God when we are living in blessing but our actions during the storms of life reveal if we really trust and passionately love our heavenly Father.
7Your godly lifestyle is a living testimony of Christ to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.
8Your lives have been a living testimony of Christ not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but people everywhere are so astounded by your radical faith in God that we don’t even need to preach.
9Everyone keep telling us the incredible affect we have had on you by turning your hearts from idol worship to faithfully serving the one true God.
10People are amazed at how you live every moment of your lives in anticipation of God’s Son coming from heaven that God raised from the dead delivering us eternal torment.
The counter culture lifestyle of Christians is what amazed the world. While everyone else was focused on earthly goals and ambitions, early Christians had one goal, one desire and one motivation for living. They were single minded. In life many passions try to steal our attention but to be effective witnesses to the world, we must become single minded and live for this one sole purpose.