1 Thessalonians 1
9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
I was talking with Stefani this morning and she was telling about a boy who loves baseball, before the Cubs won last night, yes, I watched the 7-9th innings, go Cubs!, she let the boy know that his life would not end if the Cubs lost. His twitter feed is filled with potential game match-ups and such. So we talked about the fact that everyone adores something. When we don’t adore God we find something lesser to give our attention to.
The Philippians served idols. That is what they adored. When the gospel entered in to them through the preaching of Paul, they receiving the gospel, they naturally turned from their dead idols to serve the living and true God. In adoring God they stopped adoring their idols. By the example of the Thessalonians and the teaching of all of the scriptures, when we come to God through Christ we are going to adore Him, the living and true God, and are going to spend our days waiting the return of His Son who is going to deliver us from the wrath to come, the judgment for our sins.
What are you adoring today? If you have been saved from your sin you have a good reason to adore your Savior. The one who came from heaven is coming back to receive us unto Himself. When He returns, the Lord Jesus wants to find us anticipating His return by faithfully loving and serving Him as our priority. The Thessalonians, who heard the gospel for the first time through Paul, got it.
Tonight is our movie night when we will be showing the film, Facing the Giants. Who can you bring along that can benefit from this great story and hear the gospel? I am praying for God to use this night to bring people to Himself.
Sunday, bring your testimony of salvation with you to church. After two Sundays of preaching on the event of salvation, it would benefit the church to hear how God brought some of you to Himself. I look forward to hearing from you of God’s grace in you.
Yesterday’s pastors conference sponsored by WYLL and Salem media was a great blessing. I took my dad and both of us had a great day with probably 300 other pastors.
Have a great day in the Lord,