Faith, Hope and Love at Work – Part 3

PART 3. HOPE@WORK – Hope inspiring endurance

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.

So, in Part 1 we were encouraged to step into ‘work born out of faith’ and Part 2 focus on our ‘labour of love’ knowing that love is the greatest enduring quality.

This scripture links endurance with Hope.   You will rarely hear a success story without reference to grit, determination, perseverance, digging deep and keeping going when a champion thought they had no more.  Long term success with your start-up idea, your business or your profession takes perseverance.

As Christians, we have our hope in Jesus Christ.  Our hope comes from an assurance that we are saved, our sins are forgiven, that Jesus will return and that we have eternal life with our creator when we pass from this life to the next.  Jesus said that he came that we might life, and life in all its fullness.  Having this hope enables us to live through the temporary trials and test of this life, as we have a hopeful expectation for our future.

Romans 5:2b-5 – …and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character and character hope.

What are you hoping for in your business?  What is your dream?  What is your expectation, your vision, your belief for a better tomorrow, your goals, your objectives, your mission, what do you long for?  Write them down, capture them, be as specific as you can.  Habakuk 2:2: Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation (your vision) and make it plain on tablets so that a whoever reads it may run with it.”

Proverbs 13:12:  Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

This proverb shows that if we keep putting off, supressing what we hope for and dream of, our heart, our love, our passion, our inner most being will become unhealthy and sick.  This shows how all three character qualities come into play.  If we live out of fear and don’t take steps of faith, we are deferring our hope, our dream….that which we have a love for, that we were designed to do.  Not living true to ourselves, to our design and designer makes us sick.  Same for a business – go for you dream, your vision / mission out of your core competencies, gifts and abilities by taking risks, setting new heights to aim for.

Hebrews 10:36:  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

What word have you received for your business?  What steps of faith, words of faith are you professing over it while holding onto Gods promise for you?  If you have not sought God for your business, for a word, for a promise – take some time out to pray, maybe to fast too?  Hebrews encourages us to persevere so we walk into what he has promised us.

If you have an extra 6 minutes – check out this youTube summary on the research and book ‘Grit’ by Angela Duckworth on importance grit plays in success in any field of life and the constituent parts.  Grit can be defined as courage and resolve; strength of character.  I wonder if grit is not only about passion and perseverance but, using the biblical terms, a combination of faith, hope and love ……the intersection of courageous and trusting risk taking, your love and passion for something with the intrinsic value derived and intersecting with our dream, vision, greater purpose and positive expectation of the future even in the face of failure……especially in the face of failure, hardship and loss.

Prayer:  Lord help us to persevere, to keep going in our business and professions so that ‘when we have done the will of God we will receive what you have promised’.  Lord Thank you for the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

 

Steve Clark
Business Pastor
LIFE

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