1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.
I didn’t realize the Bible talked about modeling. These must have been some good looking Christians. We are talking supermodels! They hit the runway in both Macedonia and Achaia. They probably wore designer jeans and expensive makeup. They were attending modeling school regularly and getting their hair done all nice. Oh, wait… not that kind of model? My bad. So what kind of model was Paul talking about?
Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that they had become models to other believers. Their conduct, their character, their worship, and their love was worth emulating. In fact, they were such great witnesses of Jesus, that their faith became known everywhere. All of the surrounding cities were talking about them. News spread throughout the region that these guys were the real deal. Their faith was real and attractive; their words rang loud and their actions rang louder. So they became famous. And in their fame they were making the work of Jesus Christ famous. That’s the kind of models they were.
I wonder sometimes how well we are doing at showing off the gospel. It’s likely that we don’t feel like Jesus supermodels that show off who He is. Think about it, what does a model show off? Clothes. (That is, if they are wearing any.) We are to be clothed with Christ and model Him for the world. We are called to live for His glory and His fame. I wonder how that’s going for us. Do we need to attend modeling school more regularly? Could it be said of us that we are Jesus models like the Thessalonians were?
*I bet models look in the mirror a lot. When you look in the mirror what do you see? Is there a reflection of Jesus looking back at you?