Paul writes to the Thessalonians: “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction” ( 1 Thess. 1:4-5).
The gospel came to the Thessalonians with deep conviction. The conviction here is not that wrought in the Thessalonian Christians. It is rather the conviction of those who brought the message. They preached out of deep conviction. They preached like those who meant it! This raises the whole question of the manner in which we deliver the Word of God to people.
When we preach, or deliver the Word in other contexts, do people know that this message means a lot to us? Do we speak out of much conviction? Do we speak as those who know they are delivering a message from God which has eternal consequences? Do our hearers know that this massage has had a deep impact upon us? After I have preached, do people know that this message means a lot to me?
I remember some years ago listening to a gospel presentation which was doctrinally accurate and thereby faithful to the truth of God. However, I really did wonder whether the preacher believed it. My thoughts in this direction were prompted by the dryness of his delivery. This does not mean that everyone has to give a demonstrative, exuberant presentation. But it does mean that we should each speak with an earnestness which is appropriate to our characters.
I note finally that the message which is delivered in conviction is that message which comes in the power of the Holy Spirit. O LORD, give me the Holy Spirit that I might faithfully and with conviction pass on the glorious message of our God.