Faith, Hope and Love at Work – Part 2
PART 2. LOVE@WORK – Love prompting labour
1 Thessalonians 1:3 – We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by FAITH, your labour prompted by LOVE, and your endurance inspired by HOPE in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Do what you Love
What is your passion? What are you good at? What are you wired for? What fires you up – spins your wheels? What do you get annoyed at? What do you feel alive doing, internally rewarded with? What would you do even if not paid very well…at all, what would you still be happy to work on at 1-2 in the morning?
Follow your heart, follow what you love to spend your time doing. 8, 10, 12 hours a day, every day is a long time NOT to be labouring out of love.
Ask your friends – to help describe some of the portable or transferable skills, attributes and character qualities you have that could translate into what you do every day – a business, a profession, a career. “You are great at relating to people”. “You have an eye for detail”. “You are a natural entertainer and host, you put people at ease”
Your love, your passion keeps you going when the going gets tough. Labour infers toil, grind, tough work. When you do what you love, it enables you to labour, to do the toil, to ride through the bare times and the mundane elements that every job has. The term ‘a labour of love’ is used when you are doing something for its intrinsic reward, not for great pay or remuneration. In the long run, you will be at ease, have a grace for and excel when you operate out of your passion, your love. This is doing what you love. Love prompting labour.
Do what you do, with Love
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 lists attributes of love. Love is patient, …..love is kind, …..love is not self seeking,……love does not keep a record of wrongs….
This gives us pointers for doing what we do with love. Here we have instruction for outworking our Labour. Be patient with yourself and your team, be kind to yourself and to your colleagues, don’t be selfish, think of others in the staff kitchen, don’t harbour offense and keep a record of wrongs (for yourself or your team) through office politics. The best way is the way of love.
When asked about the most important scriptures in the old testament, Jesus replied: Mark 12:29-31 – “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
The bible says (Rom 13:9, Gal 5:14) that all scripture is summed up in the command to Love your neighbour as you love yourself. High performing teams have a love and a respect for each other. There is close relationship – they know and are known by each other – there is a trust and an openness, there is healthy conflict knowing that there is mutual purpose and mutual respect. Love prompting labour.
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. I believe faith, hope and love work together for success. Translated into business speak this could be faith – risk taking and courage; hope – vision, mission, discipline and grit; and love – passion, strength and core competence. With the greatest being your passion, your love, working out of your strength. This is interesting when you reflect on this for career choices and direction for a business when forming strategy.
So, ‘Labour prompted by love’- do what you love. Love what you do. Love those around you when you are doing it and love your creator at the same time.
Check out Strengths Finder here which may give you some pointers on how you are wired. Try doing it with you team and sharing the results to build greater connection. Check out the DISC and Spiritual Gifts assessment through Next Steps – week 3 at LIFE Church.
Prayer: Thank-you Lord that because of your love for us you gave Jesus. Thank-you Lord that you have made each of us unique, with different skills, abilities, passions and things we love and are naturally gifted at. Thank you for making me, me….a plumber, builder, lawyer, architect, accountant, student. Help us to find and activate our ‘thing’ and to out-work it with love.