Reputation

9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead … (1 Thessalonians 1).

“All the believers in Macedonia and Achaia” (vs. 7) were talking about these extraordinary believers in Thessaloniki—how they received Paul and his band of brothers with such open arms, as if they were all long lost brothers of their own; how they listened to their teaching and changed their whole way of life to serve “the living and true God” rather than the lifeless idols they had grown up with; and how they were looking daily for the imminent return of their Savior.

Now, in whatever city or town or community you live, imagine if you will, people from hundreds of miles away who are talking about you in this way. What if you had the same reputation as these ancient believers from Thessaloniki? What if you were not just “the talk of the town”—but the talk of the country? or the state? or the talk of the South? or North? or West? or East?

Lord, help us to live This Day in such a way as to gain a Thessalonian kind of reputation.  Amen.