“For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and in Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything“(1 Thessalonians 1:8 ESV).
It seems that everyone had heard of the Thessalonians. It wasn’t because of any earthly deeds. They didn’t build amazing structures. They didn’t have a mighty army. They were “simply” proclaiming the word of God to anyone who would listen and speaking louder than words was their faith. Their faith was so strong and so obvious that news of it spread about the whole region. Everyone was speaking about the faith of the Thessalonians and consequently about the God they believed in.
Nothing speaks louder about God than our faith (or lack thereof). If we do not believe in our message and the One who sends us, our words are meaningless. How wonderful would it be if we, like the Thessalonians, had such wondrous faith that news of our faith spread like wildfire among the nations, carrying right along with it word of God? How many people could we encourage? How many people would turn to God? Oh, how would God’s kingdom grow!
Father, please give me a faith so strong that Your glory shines forth like a beacon so that all who see it will know that You are Lord and no one saves like You.