In spite of how they were treated at Phillipi, Paul & Silas persevered. They went to Thessalonica to preach the Word and were able to start a church there…even under threat of those Jews who followed them there for the purpose of shutting them down and throwing them in jail. God is faithful.
7 As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but we were as gentle among you as a mother feeding and caring for her own children. 8 We loved you so much that we gave you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too. 9 Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that our expenses would not be a burden to anyone there as we preached God’s Good News among you.
The boyz had every right to ask money from the early Christians at Thessalonica, but instead Paul worked during the day as a tent maker so he’d have living expenses and the new church wouldn’t have to pay them. What a demonstration of love and dedication to the Lord. That way no one could accuse him of ministry for the sake of riches or glory.
Very rare today.
Paul gave his very life for Christ – preaching & encouraging. This is an encouragement for me. What can I do this day to spread the Word? How can I be used of God?
Thank You for your Word, Lord. Use me to bring encouragement to the body and glory to Your name. Give us boldness & courage and a real compassion for the lost. -amen