May God see our work produced by faith, our labor prompted by love, and our endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. – Prayer from 1 Thessalonians 1:3
Does life sometimes feel way too complicated, cluttered, and chaotic? Do you long for simplicity and clarity like I do?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up in the morning and find God had left you a list of the most important things you are to do that day? Your priorities would then be crystal clear and you could hit the ground running, instead of spinning your wheels and wondering “What in the world should I do first?”
Sometimes we come across a Bible passage that clarifies what was once vague. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (above) describes what God will remember when He looks at our lives. What if we followed its advice and prioritized what God will see and remember? Let’s try it.
God will remember your work produced by faith. Recall a time when your faith spurred you on to do something you knew was for someone else but also done for the Lord? How did you feel while working? Did you experience God’s presence? His love or His peace?
God will remember your labor prompted by love. When have you given or received a labor of love this past month? Is it easier for you to be the giver or the receiver? Why do you think so?
God will also remember your endurance inspired by hope. When was the last time you endured hardship, ridicule, or criticism and pressed on with hope as the anchor for your soul?
These are some examples of work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, or endurance inspired by hope I’ve seen from other people lately. God remembers each loving, kind act. And when we take the time to remember, it gives us hope that our world is indeed a good and loving place.
Susan wrapped more than thirty presents for orphans she’ll never met.
Jennifer visits her elderly neighbors once a week for tea. She faithful listens to their stories as they are still harboring hurts from the Holocaust.
Zolo, a local restaurant fed hundreds of disabled children and adults a delicious meal for free.
More than twenty adults and children walked the streets and passed out sandwiches to homeless people sleeping outside.
Amanda trains hard to get ready for the Winter Special Olympics. She sets tough goals for herself and inspires others to do the same.
Lisa, a bright women born in India without arms or legs encouraged me to believe in my dreams because God knows the desires of my heart.
These moments of love and encouragement shared within our circle of influence most certainly impact our world. Each act of faith, love, and hope is remembered by God and touches lives forever. There’s our priority list from God!
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