January 14th Follow-up

1 Thessalonians 1
Being mindful of our witness

Yesterday we began our journey through Paul’s letter to the believers in Thessalonica. Our focus on this journey will be “Living in light of His coming”. Yesterday we looked at “being mindful of our witness.

Alistair Begg said this – “The way we dress, the way we smile or scowl, the way we carry ourselves, the tone and content of our speech... Every day, we are always making statements to those around us about what really matters and what life truly consists of. For Christians, such statements should be in harmony with the gospel”.

Our witness then is how we live out our lives and what our lives say about our faith in Jesus and our belief in the word of God. The areas we focused on were:

1.     Being people of prayer, especially being known for praying for others
2.     Being people whose faith produces good works, love that produces hard work, and hope
that enables us to endure.
3.     Being people who joyfully follow Jesus no matter what comes our way.
4.     Being people whose faith is known and seen by others.
5.     Being people who are looking for and expecting the coming of Jesus.

The last one is especially important. One day the trumpet will sound and we who are alive will be caught up to be with Jesus. What will be left behind is the witness of our lives. That is something that could make a huge difference in the life of an unsaved person who finds themselves in the tribulation period.
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