Followers to Leaders
1 Thessalonians 1:6–7 (KJV)
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
The Word of God has such great things to say about the church of the Thessalonians. It is a model church in so many respects. This is amazing when we realize that Paul spent less time there than in any of the other churches he planted. It is even more amazing when we remember that this was a heavily persecuted church.
How does such a church become the kind of leading church that it was?
A clue is given in our verses for meditation and thought. Notice that they were followers before they were an example.
They were followers of the Lord
It should go without saying that believers must be followers of God. Still so many professing Christians have no idea what it means to follow the Lord. Christianity must be more than planting a Christian title on activities that are clearly of the world.
They were followers of Paul
Notice that Paul puts that before following the Lord. Of course this is not to say following a preacher is more important than following Jesus. The point is that a true follower of the Lord is submissive to his preacher.
They were ensamples to the brethren
The followers became worthy of a following.
This is the natural order of God. Followers focus on following, not leading. Before they know it, without even knowing it, they have a following of their own.
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Originally published at mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com on January 24, 2017.