Your Work Isn't Wasted
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Many of the sermons we hear at church, many of the books we read, many of the messages we listen to or watch on satellite television seem to always exhort us to do more, work harder, pray more, read the Bible more, witness more … It really does get quite exhausting, doesn’t it! So here’s some good news for you: today’s reading isn’t another one of those! Rather, it promises us that our devotion to the Lord – the hard work we put in for him and his kingdom – are never in vain!
I confess that I sometimes have that ‘Oh, not more!’ feeling when going out to yet another evening meeting that I secretly wonder whether it is worthwhile, and when I’d much rather stay in and settle down to some television therapy. (Of course, none of our readers will ever have felt like that!) The truth is, sometimes we go to our meetings and really do glimpse the eternal perspective of what we are part of; but sometimes we don’t glimpse that eternal perspective at all. In fact, we may even feel worse when we get back home than when we left! Well, today’s verse encourages us forget the struggle for a moment. Relax! God is still building his kingdom; and what you do for him will not be wasted.
So, for a few moments, put aside your ‘to-do’ list or your busy schedule. Realize afresh that you are a child of God. Be confident in him. Apply the promises of today’s verse to your own life. Your hard work will ‘pay off’, if we may use a secular expression. Your prayers will be answered. Your gifts will be put to good use. Your hard work will bear fruit. Why? Because God’s kingdom is not about you, but about him. His kingdom is growing, the harvest is coming, and you will hear his voice saying, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ (Matthew 25:23).
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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