Scripture:   1Thessalonians (NIV)  1:6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

7  And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.
8  The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. 

Observation:   The life Jesus had sown into the earth sprang up in Paul.  The life Paul had sown sprang up in the Thessalonians.  Now the life the Thessalonians were sowing was springing up in Macedonia and Achaia.  The imitators of Paul had become models and others were taking note and doing likewise.

Application:  Others have been an example to me; many still are.  Now my life is an example to others.  What people see is an expression of my faith and my priorities.   As this is Mother’s Day, I see my mother was both an imitator and a wonderful example.

Prayer:   Lord, I pray that people who know me will gain some idea as to how they can better love and serve you.  When I sin or make mistakes I pray the others will see a good example of how to repent.  Amen 

Pastor Leon
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