“For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.” —1 Thessalonians 1:8
Hence, again, these people really and lovingly served God. Look at the ninth verse: “For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” I have no doubt many of these folks had been great devotees of their idols, for it is amazing what idolaters will do for their deities! At this day the gifts of Hindoos to idol shrines put to shame the offerings given by Christians to their Lord. Have you not heard how they were wont to throw their very lives away beneath the wheels of the chariot of their demon god? Shall hideous deities of wood and stone command a zeal which is not shown in the service of the living God? I doubt not that these Thessalonians became as earnest worshippers of the living Jehovah as they had once been earnest votaries of their idols. They turned from idols, but they turned to serve God. They were not turned in opinion only, but in a practical manner. What a pity it is that to many Christian professors religion is opinion and conversion a feeling! Do not many live as if God were a myth, and the service of God a sham? If God be God, serve him: service is the due of Godhead. Does not the Lord himself say, “If then I be a father, where is mine honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear?” Oh, that to us the service of the Lord may be a delight, and then it will be as natural to us to sound out the word of the Lord as it is to birds to sing!
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, March 24, 1889
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 35, Sermon No. 2076
“Sounding Out the Word of the Lord”