For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. (Philippians 4:16)
Paul did a lot of ministry in Thessalonica. The only way he was able to do it was because he had a mission-minded church behind him.
Remember, the only reason why Paul was in Macedonia in the first place was that God redirected him and told him to establish a work there. Paul and his company began the work in a jailhouse. If you go through the Bible and look up references to Macedonia, you will see how influential this church was in helping Paul do all God had called him to do.
That is why God had called Paul to establish a church in Macedonia. God knew that this place was going to provide for more than themselves alone. God used the Macedonian church to spread the Gospel throughout the known world - especially Thessalonica.
I have been to Thessalonica; today, they call it Thessaloniki. It is the second-largest city in Greece. In this city of over a million people, there are currently only two churches. How many churches are in your town?
Too many Christians only think about what is going on in their back yard. They don’t even consider the churches around the world. This self-serving attitude is never going to satisfy your soul. We should have concern for nations and people groups other than our own. Jesus told us to” “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
Practical Application – Take time today to pray for missions work that you support. If you have not supported missions, ask God how you should help missions work around the world.
Acts 17:1; Acts 17:11