Not Shallow

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6)

The apostle Paul didn’t spend much time in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17), but during the few weeks he was there, a small, vibrant church was born.  The church took root in a city that was not open to the gospel.  It took root in a hostile environment.

That hostility against the gospel didn’t keep a few from believing.  They received the truth about salvation through Jesus Christ with much joy.  Even after they were persecuted, they kept believing.

Jesus told a parable about how some people are like shallow soil.  When the seed of the gospel is planted into their life, they are joyful at first, but after persecution hits they wither away (Mat. 13).  The Thessalonian church was not made up of shallow Christians.

Today the gospel is not a popular topic.  Some folks become quite hostile when you mention the name of Jesus.  The Thessalonian church is instructive in two aspects.  First, it’s a challenge to us who believe.  Don’t be shallow in your faith.  Deep faith endures hard times.  Second, don’t be discouraged. Even in days of persecution, there will be some who will respond to you sharing the gospel, and they too will believe.