Reading: 1st Thessalonians 1: 1-10
Verse Three: Work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, endurance inspired by hope.
Thessalonica was a large city. It was an economic and political hub. In the city was a mix of Romans, Greeks, and some Jews. It was a worldly city – a place with lots of idols worship and plenty of wild living. Paul had been there on a missionary journey and had begun a church. It was a challenge to be a Christian in such a setting. Our world today is still filled with many false idols and it is easy to stray from the faith into the dark side of the world.
Yet the Thessalonicans remain faithful. Paul commends the church for the faith that they have and live out in the city. Their faith has drawn some persecution yet they remain steadfast and joyous. Their faith is known around the city and region. Paul notes the three ways in which their faith is seen: “Work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, endurance inspired by hope”. Their faith has gone from their head to their hearts and pours out of their mouths, hands, and feet. It is a faith that is easy to see.
In our daily lives, is our faith so easy to see? By simply watching us, can others see the joy of the Lord in us? When the storms of life come, can others see our endurance that is inspired by our hope in God? Our faith should pervade our lives in the good and the bad, being on display for all to see. Do people see us as the hands and feet of Jesus in our daily lives? Do they see in us a servant’s heart, offering our work and labor as an offering of love and faith? In our daily living others should see the ways that we serve Christ. In these three ways, we model Christ and introduce the world to our Lord. May we represent well today.