Paul sets a great example of how we are to evangelize or share the gospel. He has been rejected and suffered once in Thessalonica yet he returns to this place again. He enters filled with courage to do the work which God has called him to. No fear rests in Paul because he knows God is in his corner. How many times do we allow that first rejection to be our last attempt to share our faith with someone?
Paul comes with pure motives. He is not seeking to make a name for himself or to become rich. Paul is there to share the gospel and to bring glory to God alone. His natural bent as an encourager and nurturer also draws him back. So often Paul sought to help others along their journey of faith. How many people do owe know who we could treat as Paul treats the Thessalonians?
Lastly, Paul comes to build relationships. He seeks to build upon the relationship he established during his first visit. As the Thessalonians are build up and strengthened by Paul’s time with them, so too is Paul built up and encouraged. How many people do we have basic relationships with that could be brought to the next level as we share our faith story with them?
May we learn to follow Paul’s example of evangelism – courageously answering our call, responding only in ways that glorify God, and seeking to build lasting relationships that allows for both persons to grow.
Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8