Reading through the book of 1 Thessalonians recently I couldn't get past the cry of the Apostle Paul's heart to the young church there. In particular the statement right at the start of chapter one:
"We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually 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 Thess 1:2/3).
Faith, hope and love are three incredible attributes and characteristics that need to be flowing in equal measure in the lives of all Christian leaders today.
Let me quickly ask three questions :
1. When was the last time we really stepped out in faith trusting God?
Hebrews reminds us that without faith it is impossible to please God. When did we last please God in this way?
2. What are we hoping for in God today?
For some that 'feeling of expectation and desire for God to do a certain thing' may be church related, family related or AOG related... Whatever the focus of our hope let's believe that God will come through for us. Let's keep hope alive in our hearts.
3. Do we talk/sing/pray more about love than actually show it by lifestyle today?
Jesus said, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you LOVE another (John 11:35)
Love covers many things. In fact Paul reminds us in his letter to the Corinthian church that love never fails, it is patient, kind, does not boast, is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs (1Cor 13:4/5).
Let's determine this week to be those kind of leaders that exercise faith, manifest hope and show love.
The last word goes to Paul who said,
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE". (v13)
May God help all of us to live our lives in such a way.