VERSE OF THE DAY: 1 Thessalonians 1:3
“constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,”
This is a loaded verse. Look at all Paul says to the Thessalonians here. When he says “constantly,” he means without ceasing. In fact, he uses this same word two other times in this letter. My favorite is in chapter 5, verse 17 when he says, “pray without ceasing.” The same word!
But then Paul tells them what he has not stopped doing. He is remembering all they have done. He lists them: work of faith, labor of love and steadfastness of hope. And all of this is “in our Lord Jesus Christ” in God’s presence. There is no use doing those things if that’s not the case.
How do you apply this verse to your own life or the life of your children? It’s the word “constantly.” We must never stop. We must never stop praying. We must never stop seeking God for the lost. We must never stop remembering all He has done for us through others. We simply must never stop.
“Come on, Carl. I can’t physically or spiritually do that.” Of course, you can’t. But Christ can through you. Just let Him have complete control, and He will do the rest. Just as Paul was remembering their faith, love and hope, you can do the same. And let them know you have done that.
Let me ask you this question. Can others say that about you? Can they constantly remember your works of faith, labors of love and steadfastness of hope? If not, ask yourself what it will take to be noticed in this way. It’s not about others seeing you. It’s about standing out for Jesus.
O Heavenly Father, I praise You for saving me. Give me the strength to be bold and courageous as I face my biggest challenges.