Work: Faith, Love, and Hope

Posted on October 8, 2013 by

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GearsAre you tired and weary.  Do you feel stuck in the routine of work. Have you lost sight of the people in the midst of your busyness.  Paul, in his first letter to the Thessalonians, gives us insight in his opening prayer into the integration of our spiritual walk with our daily work.

We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thes 1:2-3

Here we see the consistent New Testament themes of Faith, Love, and Hope as it relates to our daily work.

Our work should be produced by faith. Work is good and needs to be produced by faith. Is your faith expressed through the way you work and seen in the product of your work? Jesus tell us that a good tree bears good fruit and a bad tree bears bad fruit.  We are already clean (a good tree) because of the faithful work of Christ. Does our work reflect that truth. Our faith in what Jesus has done should produce a good work in us directed toward others. Faith pushes us to get outside our comfort zone.  Faith encourages us to give ourselves away. Faith in God should inspire us to do heroic other-centered things.  Faith calls us to trust in Jesus, not in this world. Faith should produce in us a Kingdom mindset and a courage to give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord.  If faith is working in us to produce good works, then our works will bring glory to God as they express his glory in this world.

Our labor should be prompted by love. First and foremost “God’s love for us” should prompt us in all our efforts.  He went to extreme measures as he labored on the cross for us. He did this because he loves us.  As our hearts align with God’s heart, we will develop God’s heart for other people. Let’ be encouraged to labor each and every day, prompted by God’s love for us and consequently our love for others. We need to slow down, acknowledge, and love the people that we work with and work for. It is a tragedy if we lose sight of or look past the people that God has placed in our paths. Serving out of love, gives life to the soul.  Serving out of obligation, drains the soul.

Our endurance should be inspired by hope.  Biblical hope is a “certainty of things to come,” not just “wishful thinking.”  We need to develop spiritual eyes and live as citizens of heaven. We need to rest in the secure future that we have in Jesus Christ…for when we know the future, when we know our final destination, we can endure hardship, suffering, and struggle here. Endurance should not be inspired by a “tough guy” ego. Our pride or strength should not be what sustains us in difficulty, in serving others, or just our everyday work. If we are inspired by hope we can endure and live with joy in the midst of our circumstances. Only our hope in the future, our trust in the character and nature of God, can truly help us to endure so that we can continue to live by faith, prompted by love, extending grace to those that we are around.

Live a life of faith, love, and hope. Paul encourages us to live by faith, be motivated by love, and sustained by hope. We all will work, labor, and endure in this life.  Will your work be produced, prompted, and inspired by Faith, Love, and Hope in Jesus Christ.

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