1 Thessalonians 2
14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.
The earliest Christians in the earliest churches knew the rejection of their own people when they came to know Jesus Christ. So many of you, when you got saved and knew the glory of the gospel determined to tell your family and friends about the Savior. Your motive was pure and your zeal just knew that if they heard the gospel they too would want to be saved. So you went with a great thrill to tell them about Jesus only to be rejected and told not to tell them of Jesus again.
When the Jews of Jerusalem heard the gospel of the resurrected Jesus from Peter and the others they believed, turned from their sin and followed the Savior as their Messiah. But when these young believers went to tell their friends, they were rejected and even persecuted. Acts 8:1 tells us that they dispersed from Jerusalem to escape the persecution. The Thessalonian Christians faced the same treatment from those around them. We are in good company when people reject us for Christ’s sake.
So, don’t be afraid to tell those you know about Jesus. Some will believe, some will have questions, and most will completely reject the gospel and you. They aren’t really rejecting you but you are the one serving the gospel so you get the rejection. It’s ok, you are in good company on those days. Tell them anyway.
We start our fall revival with Brent Sivinksty this Sunday! Prepare your heart for the preaching of God’s word by already confessing sin, already, spending extra time in God’s word and extra time in prayer. Prepare for revival as you would prepare for a long trip abroad. Get yourself ready for God to do His work in your heart and life. Pray for God to open hearts that need to be saved as well. Pray for health and for strength of all the members of our body that we all could be committed to the week together.
Tonight is our regular Bible studies, prayer, K4T, and youth group. See you then.
Have a great day in the Lord,