1 THESSALONIANS 1:8
“For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.”
I do not mean to imply that we are to actually roar for Jesus. Let me explain. The words “sounded forth” are one Greek word which is actually only used here in this verse in the New Testament. It means to make a loud, clear sound. It comes from the word which can mean to roar. So, Paul is telling the Thessalonians that the world is hearing their testimonies clearly.
Some people think it is the Pastor’s duty to preach. Well, that is part of his job. But every believer should be telling the story. We should all be sounding forth the message clearly. The Pastor should be the backup, not the first string. We should be telling our world about Jesus.
Boy, it seems Paul is telling us a lot about sharing. So, we must teach our children that. I’ve got to say it again, though. We, as the parents, must be setting the example. Show your children, by your actions, what is involved in “sounding forth for Jesus.”
One of the best ways to “sound forth” is to tell someone what He has done for you. Through that you can share the gospel. Through telling your story you can share the Word. You don’t have to preach, just sound forth.
I want to encourage you to find someone to roar to about Jesus. Be the mouthpiece God uses to deliver the message of salvation. You never know how they may respond. They may turn you away, but they may just yield to the drawing of God spoken through you.
Father, let me sound forth. Help me roar today. I want the world to know I love You.