For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.
1 Thessalonians 1:8
Salvation can't help but be celebrated. The result of the gospel coming into Thessalonica was that the whole city spilled over with the good news of Jesus Christ. And the word of God kept spreading. The gospel landed with a big splash there, and the ripples spread across Achaia and Macedonia. Greece was being evangelized and Thessalonica was a big reason why.
That is the way that God wants the world to know the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thessalonica became a strategic center from which the gospel kept rolling out. From its ports and highways, the gospel traveled on in changed lives who told their stories wherever they went. It sounded forth. It never stopped there with the founding of a church. It spread from their lives to reach out to an entire ethnic group.
The gospel should ripple out of my life. Each Christian is a stone thrown in the pond and our stories combine in ripples that turn into waves of gospel change.... if we will just be faithful to let it go forth, to share the good news and let God take the wave where He wants it to go.