“Actions speak louder than words” is a phrase we’ve all grown up hearing. It’s biggest implication when I was again was around receiving gift either for my birthday or for Christmas. But it means so much more than simply acting grateful.
In today’s chapter we see a church that has been acting like Christians. They have known the love of Christ and they are doing their work to spread it. Paul was worried about them and wanted to know what they were doing, so he dispatched Timothy to go find out. When Timothy returned, he shared the great news of how this church was doing and how they were anxious to get to see Paul again.
I’m sure Paul had reached a point in his ministry that was not doing to well. Anyone who has been involved in ministry knows there is a natural ebb and flow to how it is effective. There are times when people accept it with open arms, and there are other times they are closed off and you feel like you’re just bashing your head against a wall. The reason I feel that Paul has reached a point like this is because of what he says in verse 8, “It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.” (NLT).
Paul felt renewed to find out that the Thessalonian church was doing so well. But how does this help us? It seems like this chapter is simply Paul thanking the church for being awesome and that it made him feel better to find out they were doing so well. But I refer you back to that opening phrase, “actions speak louder than words”. What are you telling people through your actions and behaviors today? Are you sharing the love of Christ, or just trying to make it through the day. We never know who we affect by simply being ourselves. We may not be standing in front of a group of people, delivering a sermon. But our very lifestyle can be a sermon. If you live you life out according to God’s Will and Jesus’ teachings, that can do more to change hearts for Christ than the most eloquent speaker in the world. So think about what you do today. You never know who could be watching.