Wednesday, November 28
Let your life speak
Scripture: Matthew 28, 1 Thessalonians 1-3
1 Thessalonians 1:5–8 You know how we lived among you for your benefit, 6 and you yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit. 7 As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For the word of the Lord rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place that your faith in God has gone out. Therefore, we don’t need to say anything.
Notice the progression: Paul set an example (you know how we lived among you) that the Thessalonians followed (you became imitators of us) and so they became an example to many other believers (you became an example to all the believers). Consequently, “the word of the Lord rang out from you,” and “we don’t need to say anything.” Their lives were speaking loudly. The gospel had taken root in their lives, transformed them and was now going out from them—ringing out, sounding forth.
This is how disciples are made and formed and the gospel spreads. It is through the proclamation of the message in word and also in deed, in life. Paul imitated Jesus and they observed. They imitated Paul and Jesus while others watched. They followed his example and became an example.
Discipleship ultimately is done life to life. It happens in relationships, up close where we can see it and hear it modeled for us. I wish every Christian had a model and was a model. We need to be more intentional about connecting people in life-shaping relationships—that’s where we learn to follow Jesus. And when we learn, we become models and our lives speak loudly—the gospel rings out from us!
Let your life speak.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be a model to others, who would be models to others. Multiply disciples from whom the gospel rings out! Let our lives speak!