WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22
“For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea.”
1 Thessalonians 2:14 ESV
A husband came down to breakfast and was delighted to hear his wife say, “Darling you are a model husband.” Now he was so flattered by the remark that later on that day he decided to look up the meaning of the word “model” in his Oxford dictionary. He found the page and began reading: “Model: a small plastic imitation of the real thing.”
The Apostle Paul was thankful that the church at Thessalonica was filled with Christians who were the real thing. The church was filled with people who were living the Christian life by grace and were an example for others to follow. Jesus’ Great Commission challenge to us is to “Go and make disciples.” Disciples are learners and followers. We should learn from and follow each other as we follow Christ.
The news has recently been filled with painful allegations of high profile leaders committing terrible crimes and offenses against others. It makes you wonder can anyone be trusted? God’s answer is yes. The people to be trusted aren’t always the people getting the most attention. They are often the people who are in the process of steadily growing and learning by God’s grace. Is there anyone in your life who is a good role model for you of walking in God’s grace? Let them know with a note, call, text or conversation how thankful you are for them this Thanksgiving.