Labor On For The Lord

Written by Steve Ballinger. Posted in Devotions

Labor On For The Lord

And we labor, working with our own hands”
—1 Corinthians 4:12—

In just a few days, our country will be celebrating what is known as Labor Day. It’s a day that differs in every essential way from other holidays of the year. Labor Day is devoted to no man (living or dead), to no sect, race, or nation. It is a day of national tribute to the contribution workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of a country.

What about firefighters and police officers? Does their work contribute to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country? Absolutely! Without their professions, and those in our armed forces, there would be anarchy and utter chaos in this country. I am so thankful for these men and women. However, they are not the only ones who contribute to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. All who are willing and able to work contribute to the betterment of our nation.

What kind of worker are we in the “spiritual sense” of the word? In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus, when He saw the multitudes of people, weary and scattered like sheep, without a shepherd, being moved with compassion, said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:36-38).

Jesus has commissioned each of us to, “Go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). We are to go into the world (harvest field) in order to sow and water the seed (word of God) in the lives of people. Perhaps you’re thinking, “The world is a very big place. How can I even begin to go and preach in the world?” Easy! Start where you are (with your family member, your neighbor, your co-worker, etc). When we are moved with compassion for people, we will be excited to be a laborer for the Lord. As we share His love with others, we will be contributing to their strength, prosperity and spiritual well-being.

The story goes of a young man who went into a gas station to use the pay phone. The manager overheard his telephone conversation. It went like this: “Sir could you use a hardworking, honest, young man to work for you?” (Pause). ”Oh, you already have a hardworking, honest, young man? Well thanks anyway!”

The boy hung up the phone with a smile and started humming to himself.

The manager asked the young man, “How can you be so happy, you just got turned down for a job? You know I could use a young man like you around here?”

The young fellow answered, “Thank you for the offer, but I already have a job. I just called my employer to check up on myself.”

Someone once said, “Don’t bother to boast of your work to others. The work, itself, has a much louder voice.”

What would your employer say about you if you were to call him up with a disguised voice to check up on yourself? What would the Lord say to you?

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” —Colossians 3:23—

Labor on for the Lord,

Chaplain Steve

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