Continuing Concern

Continuing Concern

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Thessalonica was among the first cities Paul visited in Europe. There, he spoke several times in the city’s synagogue.

Perhaps mindful that this region had been the birthplace of philosophy, Paul delivered a fairly intellectual message. He reasoned with the Thessalonians, seeking to explain and prove that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. Based on his message, many believed.

However, not everyone was pleased. Some jealous Jews did not just reject Paul’s message but also caused a disturbance, throwing the city into turmoil. They wanted Paul and everything he represented removed from their city.

Departing from Thessalonica, Paul traveled to Berea, but some Jews followed him there, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. While he was in Athens, his thoughts again turned to the Thessalonians, and he sent Timothy to minister to them.

After arriving in Corinth, Paul showed his ongoing concerns, writing his first letter to the Thessalonians. It was a deeply emotional letter.

He reminded them how “Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you” (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8). Throughout the letter, we feel his passion and continuing interest.

Paul’s example reminds us of the importance of being passionate about serving the Lord and serving others. We must be driven by the love of Christ. Not motivated by personal interest, but dedicated to the Gospel. Always concerned for the people God brings into our lives. Never forgetting them, but continuing to care for them.