Read: 1 Thessalonians 1:5
The good news produced a powerful effect on the Thessalonians. They had believed and received the Gospel and were now living it out. Whenever the Word of God is heard and obeyed, lives are changed.
Someone once said, "We do what we believe, everything else is religious talk." This is a shorthand quote to remind us that faith and good works are inseparable. The first produces the second and the second evidences the first. Faith is always attached to something visible. To see the reality of faith in a disciple’s life, one has only to look at their actions.
We cannot treat the Gospel as an abstract idea. We receive it in word, but not in word only, also in power, in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance. The message has to first work in our lives with supernatural energy producing conviction of sin, repentance followed by conversion. This results in the full assurance of faith, which leads to a life lived consistently for Jesus. Because the best sermon is a holy life.
It's sobering to think that others are supposed to see Jesus in us. Even more so, Jesus looks for our faith in Him. "And Jesus seeing their faith . . ." Mark 2:5, the strength of our faith is not in words, but in our actions. We do what we really believe. A head belief is a dead belief.
Get your head and heart into an unfiltered, honest place before the Lord and ask this question: “Am I living out my faith?”