The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. (1 Thessalonians 1:8)
As was customary in his day, Paul opened his letter to the Thessalonians with words of thanksgiving for them. He remembered their faith, their hope, and their love. He acknowledged how they first responded to the gospel, then became imitators of Paul before finally becoming examples for others to follow themselves (vv.3-7).
Part of the example others were to follow was the fact that the Lord’s message “rang out” from them. Rang out is derived from a fascinating Greek word (exécheó) that appears only here in the New Testament. In non-biblical literature it was used to describe a clasp of thunder, the sounding of a trumpet, or the roar of a crowd. In other words, it was the making of a big noise that couldn’t be ignored. Not only that, the word described a noise that reverberates into future. In fact, we get our word, echo from it.
Look back at the verse above. Paul was thanking them that the “big noise” of their lives was sharing God’s message of love to the world around them. Not only were they willing to make God, and His message of forgiveness found in Christ, their main thing, that message would continue to reverberate for generations to come.
When we share God’s love with others – in word or in deed – the ripple effects can be endless. One life changed today can positively impact countless lives into eternity. But, it must start with the Lord’s message ringing out from someone.
What “big noise” are you making with your life? If you want your life to have lasting impact for generations to come, do what you can now to share God’s message of love today. –Dave
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