27 July 2020 – 1 Thessalonians 3:5 (NIV)

27 July 2020 – 1 Thessalonians 3:5 (NIV)

Scripture

For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.

Reflection

Paul left Thessalonica rather abruptly after just a short time with them after starting a church there. Wanting to return to see their friends there but being held back due to having met strong resistance from the enemy (Satan) instead sent Timothy to inquire of their status of their new brothers and sisters in the faith. They were pleasantly surprised to hear that despite the newness of faith in Thessalonica, the church there was thriving and doing very well!

I love serving in a church such as ours (SCF) where you regularly encounter people who are new to the faith; many of whom found God here within this ministry! I am continually blown away at how God uses new believers and how fast and strong many of them grow in faith. I have come to embrace and appreciate a city and country such as this where you can often find resistance to even the simple things like living out your faith or gathering publicly to worship. It is because like a muscle, nothing ever really grows stronger without some sort of resistance or tension.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Today, take a moment, wherever you are, to ASK God to move in your life: Share what’s on your heart, asking God to provide, protect and encourage you.

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Josh Xiong - Worship Director
Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.