"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 labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ”
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
In this letter Paul rejoiced in their faith, and thanked God that they had "the right stuff."
He defines the right stuff as: "....your work produced by faith..."
work: what you do (actions, words, thoughts, desires)
faith: your God-given convictions, your relationship with God.
(note: the right stuff does not originate with us - we’re only capable of it as we respond to God's indescribable love in Christ Jesus.)
How does your Christian faith produce works?
Would you rather be known for your strong faith, or your outstanding works?
"....your labour prompted by love...."
labour: literally, "labourious toil"
love: three words, for three different types of love ("philia' or brotherly love; "eros" or physical/romantic love; and "agape" or unconditional love like God has for us)
Does living the Christian life involve "labourious toil," or is it "no big deal"?
"....your endurance inspired by hope..."
endurance: patience in the face of difficulty
Read the following Bible passages:
"For You created my inmost being: knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be" (Psalm 139:13-16).
"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms" (1 Peter 4:10).
"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good" (1 Corinthians 12:7).
From these passages, it seems clear that
"The Right Stuff" is…
what God gives you…
to do what He needs!