Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Today’s Reading - 1 Thessalonians 1

Pray - Pray the verse or idea that spoke to you today over your life.

Verse

2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We 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 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Meditation

I often say what is repeated in scripture is important so pay attention. We might agree Paul’s most recognized chapter he wrote is 1 Corinthians 13 on the subject of love. We might also agree the most familiar verse of the chapter is the last where he says three things remain, faith, hope and love, but the greatest is love. Paul must have believed the Thessalonica church needed to hear it as well, written a little different. It’s important. Pay attention. Here’s at least one thought on why.  What others observe in our life is critical as we engage people and seek to influence our culture with the truth of God’s mercy and grace. When people see that faith, hope and love are driving our decision making process, then we will see change happening all around us. When people see fear and anxiety and hatred at the forefront of who we are, people will be turned away and continue desperately searching for truth. And at that point we are searching for truth as well. It sounds like a three point sermon but it is a good path to follow. We cannot go wrong if our life is guided with work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, and endurance inspired by hope.  All grounded in Jesus Christ which creates a proper understanding of how we should live. We will then dismiss from our understanding what we can do, emphasis on we, and create a foundational principle of what Christ is doing in and through us. It makes all the difference in the world. Literally. Both in us and in those we interact with. Without question, let faith, hope and love drive your life.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we seek the joy of the Holy Spirit to fill us full so we might live according to your will and your way. Make us one with you so that everything in us and everything we do is guided by faith, hope and love. Remove the we mentality from us. Let us live by the power of your might. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.