In 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, we hear about how early Christians in Macedonia and Achaia were brought to Christ largely by the example of believers who persevered in spite of heavy persecution. Leading by example is something that perhaps isn’t given enough due credit. We live in a world where “showing off” is not only okay in many’s eyes, but is even encouraged.
When a lot of people think of preaching the Gospel, they think of it in verbal terms only. In many cases, the prevailing thought is the more hellfire and brimstone, the better. Is this really what Jesus’ earliest followers would have us do?
Think about the witness of the early Church. Many Christians suffered and died for their faith. Others risked it all to be examples of Christ to those they encountered. In its own way, the Roman Empire’s persecution may have made the early Church grow though their goal was to end the new faith.
Christians in our time are suffering persecution for their faithfulness. Let’s pray that they may be true examples to all they encounter.