1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV) “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.”
WORK PRODUCED BY FAITH
What should the Christian attitude to work be? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines work as, “sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result”. Webster associates work to physical and mental effort, however Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians highlights that there exist work produced by faith. Faith we know is a spiritual force; it is a conscious expression of your confidence towards God and His Word. In essence, we see from this that the accomplishment of a tasks is not limited to only physical and mental efforts, but there is a part of the spiritual exertion of faith.
It takes complete confidence in God and His word in order to accomplish a task that is worthy of anything. Man in his natural strength can only produce limited results, but when the supernatural is introduced by the exertion of faith, the impossible can be done. Faith is grounded in the word of God; therefore our work in life has to be based on the application of biblical principles. The challenges you face at work should not be measured against your own natural strength or capacity, rather you should draw from the ever increasing power of God that resides on the inside of you.
This changes the perspective on who the boss is, and what the determining factor of competence is. With this in mind, notice Colossians 3:23 which urges that as Christians we ought to work as people in service to God, and not unto man. It takes faith to do this effectively; Your flesh may be screaming and fighting in rebellion when you encounter difficult situations, but you do not pay attention to what your flesh says, but to what God’s Word says. Always remember that where there’s a need for faith, there is an availability of God’s surpassing grace!
Scriptures to Meditate on: Phil. 4:13, Deut. 28:12, Eccl. 9:10, Ex. 23:25, 2 Cor.12:7-9.