Has the Gospel of the Lord lost its power? Has it become nothing more than ancient, no-longer-relevant to our lives today? Or is it the church which has lost its way? What will it take to see the Word of GOD spread like wildfire throughout today's society?
If we turn to 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 we are given a better depiction of God's Word, being preached and heard, bringing forth a great break-through for the city of Thessalonica. Did they have something that God's people today lack? Why or how did the Gospel bring about such transformation, testimony, power... which all appear to be missing today? Let's first examine the FAITH of the Thessalonians. "Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God our Father;" (1 Thessalonians 1:3).
The faith of God's people in Thessalonica during this time was seen through their lives. Not just their words, but their works (everything they were doing). Where is the faith of God's people today? How do we present (represent) God's Word in our lives to those not in the church? Maybe the best question to ask, is the Gospel only written on the surface of our brains, or is it engraved on our hearts?
"For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost..." (1 Thessalonians 1:5a). If the Gospel was simply just the written words of God, there'd be no power! However, thanks be to God that He's also imparted His Holy Spirit upon His beloved; and when the Word goes forth with the Spirit, there is true power and it does not return void. That's when the fullness of the Gospel of Christ is present and it "breaks through"!
Now if we walk in our faith, exercising it through all facets in our life and preaching the Gospel in the power of the Spirit; is this all that is needed for us to see God's Word go viral in today's society, changing and transforming the people of entire cities, states, countries....? The truth is there's still more to it!
Existing idols must be cast down in our lives. We must direct our souls in such a way, that the only focus of our worship is God. Only then will the power of God be evident in our church and in us as individuals.