Our Bible verse for today: “We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “This is the perspective of an overcomer”
I had a different daily devotional planned for this morning. I had planned to write about something David Jeremiah taught in his book “Overcomer”, but I’ll get to that tomorrow. This morning, in my personal time of Bible study, the Lord showed me something in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 which I want to now share with you. In that single verse I believe Paul shows us three aspects of the perspective maintained by those who are overcomers in life.
In verse 3 Paul wrote that in prayer he frequently remembered the strong faith of the Christians in Thessalonica, and that their great work was a product of their great faith. As we learn in Hebrews 11:1, faith is a choice we make to believe something we cannot see. We believe in God because we choose to, not because we can see Him. I can’t see God and I can’t touch God but I choose to believe in God. His marvelous creation, the great truths of the Bible, the impact that Christianity has made in the world over 2000 years, the lives that have been radically transformed because of faith in Christ, all convince me that God is real. That’s faith. I believe because I choose to. Paul says the great works of the Thessalonians was a product of their great faith.
Then he wrote that their labor was motivated by love. It wasn’t just that they believed in God, but that they had experienced God’s love in their own lives and they were committed to sharing the love of God with others. That’s what got them out of bed in the morning, it’s what motivated them throughout their days, and it’s what drove them on to do the things they were doing. It was all motivated by the love of God.
And then he concludes his short testimony about the great example of these Christians by noting that their endurance was inspired by the hope they received from the Lord Jesus Christ. As hard as life might have been for them at times, they kept going because they knew what Jesus was preparing for them. They knew that they could be have victory in Jesus in this lifetime, but even more, they had a great eternal reward being prepared for them by their Lord. It was their hope and their promise and it kept them going.
Christians who are overcomers have strong faith and we are motivated by the love of God. We also endure through the tough times. We lean into it, we push through it, we just keep on keeping on, and we can do so because of the hope we have in Jesus. This is the perspective of those who have learned to overcome.