“…when in that day He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at among all those having believed because our testimony to you was believed, for which also we pray always for you, that He may count you worthy of the calling of our God, and He may fulfill every good pleasure of goodness and work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:10-12). Young’s Literal Translation
Paul prayed that prayer for the Thessalonians and us. Here, let’s consider our work of faith and good pleasure of goodness.
In his introduction to letter to the Romans, Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Messiah, because it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first, and also for the Greek. For in it is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by faith.”✡ (Romans 1:16-17). WMB
In that vein, Paul concisely explained our work of faith and urged if you can do it, do it.
Our reasonable worship. “I plead with you therefore, brethren, by the compassions of God, to present all your faculties to Him as a living and holy sacrifice acceptable to Him. This with you will be an act of reasonable worship. And do not follow the customs of the present age, but be transformed by the entire renewal of your minds, so that you may learn by experience what God’s will is—that will which is good and beautiful and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 Weymouth New Testament
Our work of faith. “For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts:
If prophecy, use it according to the standard of one’s faith; – Ac 13:1; 1Co 12:10
if service, in service; – Ac 6:1; 1Co 12:28
if teaching, in teaching; – Ac 13:1; 1Co 14:26
if exhorting, in exhortation; – Ac 4:36; 11:23; 13:15
giving, with generosity; – 2Co 8:2; 9:11,13
leading, with diligence; – 1Co 12:28; 1 Timothy 5:17
showing mercy, with cheerfulness.” – 2Co 9:7
Romans 12:3-8 HCSB
Good pleasure of goodness – Our character. “Let your love be perfectly sincere. Regard with horror what is evil; cling to what is right. As for brotherly love, be affectionate to one another; in matters of worldly honour, yield to one another. Do not be indolent when zeal is required. Be thoroughly warm-hearted, the Lord’s own servants, full of joyful hope, patient under persecution, earnest and persistent in prayer. Relieve the necessities of God’s people; always practise hospitality. Invoke blessings on your persecutors—blessings, not curses. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
Have full sympathy with one another. Do not give your mind to high things, but let humble ways content you. <Do not be wise in your own conceits.>
Pay back to no man evil for evil. <Take thought for what is right and seemly in every one’s esteem.>
If you can, so far as it depends on you, live at peace with all the world.
Do not be revengeful, my dear friends, but give way before anger; for it is written, <“`Revenge belongs to Me: I will pay back,’> says the Lord.”
On the contrary, therefore, <if your enemy is hungry, give him food; if he is thirsty, quench his thirst. For by doing this you will be heaping burning coals upon his head.>
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome the evil with goodness.” Romans 12:9-21 Weymouth New Testament