We 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 Thessalonians 1:3
I read this verse, and these simple questions popped out at me. Is my faith producing good work? Is my labor prompted by love? Is my endurance inspired by hope?
Let me tell you a little bit about myself. In high school, I wanted nothing more than to bake for the rest of my life. In college, I took some orders here and there, and in 2019 I established myself as a business. I launched SEQUOIA Baking co. I wanted to bake anything and everything. But it was in that busy season that I lost touch with God.
It was in October that I started an email chain with 30 people. I started to write down my prayers to keep me accountable. When the pandemic hit in mid-March, everyone wanted to bake bread; there was no more yeast to be found. I had to stop baking. I had to restrategized how I would be safe delivering to different homes around Miami, and I had to face the hard truth that it was time to take a break from baking as a business, and I could only indulge in this passion in my free time.
My faith allowed me to pivot and pour my passions into my devotionals. In that, I launched this podcast on June 1st. In that, I endured day in and day out of prayer. Is it hard? Of course. Is It worth it? Yes. Why? Because my endurance is anchored in the hope of Jesus.
My labor is prompted out of love: every prayer request, every DM, every story, every testimony. I am an imperfect human, but I try my best for my works to be a reflection of his goodness in my life. I am not saying your work has to be ministry work. But I am asking you these same questions.
Is your faith producing good work? Is your labor prompted by love? Is your endurance inspired by hope?
I hope that you take some time to really break it down today and pivot your work towards His direction where necessary.
Father God, help us grow in our faith. Let it produce good work. Let our labor be prompted by love for you and love for others. Let our endurance be a reflection of our hope in you. We ask that you guide us in this crazy thing called life. We thank you for it; we love you more and more every day. We pray this all in your holy name, AMEN!