We continually remember before our God and Father
your work produced by faith
your labour prompted by love
and your endurance inspire by hope
in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul is continually praying for the church at Thessalonica, as he does for many such churches.
The gospel came to them, not just with words but in power, the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.
The Thessalonians are legendary for the depth of their conversion from idolatry to serving the living and true God.
What an awesome church this must have been! When Paul came to preach to them, they received the gospel with deep conviction. They repented from idolatry and served the living God. They took the message everywhere. Signs, wonders and salvations were occurring regularly.
This is not to say that the church was without flaws. However, they were deeply committed to following the way of Jesus and many people were impacted.
The challenge for us is to imitate their behaviour, letting the word of our testimony and the power of the Holy Spirit flow out from us to the world.
May I be thoroughly converted Lord, with every gram of my being dedicated to you. Amen.