And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
—1 Thessalonians 1:6-10
by: Ashea West.
We tend to praise God differently when we remember how much He has saved us from. The Thessalonians turned from idol worship to serve God and became great evangelists. They recognized the devastation they had been spared from, and they wanted everyone to experience that. They shared their faith, not only in their town but in neighboring cities. Take the time today and think about all the things God has spared you from. Have you been sharing the gospel with others so that they, too, can be spared from destruction? If no, why not?'