We’re Not All on the Same Side
I’ve mentioned before that Paul was run out of Thessalonica by unbelieving Jews in that city. It is pretty clear that these same people persecuted the church that was begun in Thessalonica. The Thessalonian believers endured a large amount of persecution. Paul makes mention of this in verses 14-16 of chapter 2: “14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.” It is likely that everyone reading this knows nothing of the level of persecution that the Thessalonians endured. I doubt anyone reading this has feared for the loss of his/her life or livelihood because of following Jesus. But this kind of persecution does exist and is real. We are not all on the same side. May I ask you today to consider praying for Christians around the world in places such as the Middle East, China, Asia, etc…where this kind of persecution exists? And also pray for those who are doing the persecuting. Without Christ they will fall under God’s wrath and no one should desire that for anyone else. Perhaps God will move in their hearts so they can be saved as well?