Monday, April 4, 2016

Mon., 4/4/16 Devotion (1 Thess. 1:8)

Today's encouragement comes from 1 Thessalonians 1:8, which says this:

"For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything."

How could a little church congregation in Thessalonica, in the days before the internet, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, have its gospel message of faith broadcast all over the known world? By the grace of God. Whenever and wherever a faithful church worships Christ on His Day (Sunday)—the Lord makes sure that His glory, His gospel, and His word gets spread about.

Do we understand (completely) how this happens? No; but it is true, nonethe-less. Let us recognize that our greatest evangelistic witness happens in the church's worship services; and let us thank God that His praise does indeed go from there to all the earth.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Those whose hearts follow hard after the Lord have the right hand of God upholding them.” —Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "Gos-pel Worship"]