“You became followers of us and the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit. Therefore you were examples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For the word of the Lord sounded out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we do not need to say anything.” 1 Thess. 1:6-8
The church in Thessalonica to which Paul wrote is an example. They received the gospel with joy, even though it was turbulent. They endured persecution and suffering for their faith, but even though it was tough, they preached the gospel to others.
The word of the Lord sounded out from the believers in Thessalonica, everywhere, not just locally but far and wide. They passed on the word of the Lord and told others how they had turned to God and started to believe. This is normal, as it is supposed to work. To pass on the gospel and your testimony to others. They had done it so thoroughly that Paul said it saved him work.
Jesus told His disciples to go out with the gospel to the whole world. Blue light personnel (police, fire brigade, ambulance) rush out to save physical lives. They are faithful to their task. If they do not pull out, but just sit at the station, they have missed their real purpose. It’s the same with the church. We are called to go out, to pull out, not just sit in the church building. We are called to save human souls with the gospel.
A patient does not tell the doctor how the doctor should work. The unsaved should not tell the church how to save them. Jesus has said that we should preach the gospel and that this is how people can be saved. So, let us be normal believers and preach the gospel to the whole world, both when the circumstances are for us and against us. And when we do this, we also expect God to work and confirm His word with signs.
*Then they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.” Mark 16:20
God bless you.
/ David Billström