This Sunday, in the last sermon in the series on Paul, I want to turn to the question of what guides our actions. As Paul looked at the Christians in Thessalonica — what they stood for, what they did, and how they viewed the world and their work in it, he could see what guided their actions. In his greeting in the first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul praises them for their “work that comes from faith, [their] effort that comes from love, and [their] perseverance that comes from hope . . .” Faith, love, and hope provided a lens through which they viewed the world. Faith, love, and hope informed their sense of purpose. Faith, love, and hope guided their actions.
President Woodrow Wilson challenged the nation with these words: “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
What is the lens through which you view the world? What informs your sense of purpose? What guides your actions? What motivates you to “enrich the world?”
I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday!
Grace and Peace,