“For they themselves volunteer testimony concerning us, telling what an entrance we had among you, and how you turned to God from [your] idols to serve a God Who is alive and true and genuine, and [how you] look forward to and await the coming of His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead—Jesus, Who personally rescues and delivers us out of and from the wrath [bringing punishment] which is coming [upon the impenitent] and draws us to Himself.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 ->me: I want a reputation like the Thessalonians had to those churches far and wide. 1) They were known for spreading the gospel. 2) Known for having a super strong faith (they were constantly under persecution). 3) They were known for turning from dead idols and to the Living God. 4) They were known for their servant service (as a slave) to the will and purposes of God. 5) They were known for how expectantly they waited for the second coming of Christ. All of these ways of living are indicative of a people drawn by God and sold out. Paul, Silas, and Timothy didn’t even have to expound on the lives and impact of the Thessalonians to others; those people already knew. The Thessalonians were heavily persecuted and I read a commentator who said “if Christ our King wore a crown of thorns, why should we expect to wear crowns of roses?”.