Tony Romo’s ability to predict play by play as Tom Brady took the Patriots down the field in their overtime victory over the Chiefs went viral on social media. In minutes he became more famous as a broadcaster then he ever was during his 14 years as the quarterback of the Cowboys.
When news goes viral on the internet, millions take notice. But long before the internet, word of mouth took the results of what happened in Thessalonica when Paul presented the Gospel first in the synagogue and then in the marketplace all over Macedonia, northern Greece, and all over Achaia, southern Greece.
“And so, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The word of the Lord rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. In fact, we don’t have to say anything for they, themselves, report what kind of reception you gave us.” 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8
When Jesus begins to transform lives as folks open themselves to the truth about his cross and his resurrection, and they actually do start looking forward to his return, we don’t need an expensive publicity campaign to get the word out. The reality of new life becomes “holy gossip” that spreads mouth to mouth and ear to ear even faster than the latest hit singer’s friends multiply on Facebook.
LORD, I pray that your Holy Spirit will ignite more and more of these Jesus movements like he ignited in Thessalonica, not only here in Texas and around the U.S. but around the world. Thanks for the powerful movements of the Spirit you’ve allowed me to see in Brazil and Argentina, in Eastern Europe and South Korea. Create viral movements because so many are believing in your Son.
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