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 1:3
In Paul’s prayer, he mentions faith, love, and hope, three themes he would carry throughout many of his writings. Those are three strong characteristics of fellow believers. Even though Paul was in Thessalonica only a short time, he saw these traits in the new believers there. This is the encouragement they needed because many were coming from a paganist background. They needed to know that all three of those traits mean something in the life of the Believer.
We should also manifest these traits in increasing measure in our own lives. While we may not call them as such, they should be evident. For instance, think about the last “labor of love” event you participated in. Did you do it to make you feel good or because it was the right thing to do? Does motive even matter as long as the work is getting done? Perhaps, perhaps not.
Let me put it another way. Do you actively seek out opportunities to demonstrate your faith? I’m not referring to life-changing ministry opportunities, but simple opportunities to serve others. You don’t get a reward. You may not even get thanked. But you do it to serve.
Those opportunities are all around us if we take time to notice. In fact, how would it change our life if we actively sought out those opportunities? Intriguing thought, isn’t it?