Faith, Hope and Love at Work – Steve Clark
I’ve been thinking on this scripture as it relates to our professions, businesses and careers.
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.
(this is a 3 part blog)
PART 1. [email protected] – Faith producing work
Faith = Risk taking.
For me Faith is trusting action, steps into the unknown, taking decisions and action not knowing the final outcomes, while believing in Gods provision, His character, His faithfulness, His love and goodness.
Here are a few faith verses I dug out with the thought of [email protected] in mind.
Hebrews 11 – All. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see………By Faith ….Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph……..all did great deeds by faith.
James 2: 14-26. Faith without work (active decisions and steps) is dead (ineffective).
Hebrews 11: 1 (NKJV) Faith (trusting action) is the substance (true reality or basis) of things hoped for (goals, dreams, expectations, vision).
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.
Without ‘risk taking producing work’ there is no reward. New business ventures, new markets, new products, expanding by hiring new employees, taking on the lease of a larger office, a new acquisition, new high risk investment are all steps of faith, all risk taking. Faith Producing Work = decisions and actions with unknown results while trusting in God. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Reward is commensurate to risk.
What ‘great deeds’ am I doing that are born out of faith? Where am I stretching into new things, reliant on God’s leading and provision, dependent on Him for success?
Hebrews 11:3 …The universe was formed by God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Our words have creative power. Let’s speak, proclaim, create with the power of faith filled words in our businesses and over our teams. Be careful that we are speaking words of life and faith, professing a future that is blessed, enlarging and growing. The power of our tongue is life and death.
So “Faith Producing Work” means Start that business. Get going with the business plan. Take the risk, the step of faith to invest. Your faith produces (creates, initiates, activates) the work.
Prayer: Lord I trust in you in my marriage, my family, my work and my business. Please help me to make wise decisions and take actions that are faith filled, led by you and trusting in you. Help me to step out into new ventures without crippling fear and to speak creative life giving words. I pray that I do work produced by faith.