1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
The Bible Says... “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Just A Dash
Have you ever experienced that pre-holiday productivity slump? You know there’s a break coming up anyway, so you get a little lazy in your work right before the break begins? You find yourself saying things like, “They can’t expect anyone to get any work done before a break” or “I deserve to take it easy today” or even “it’s not going to make a difference if it doesn’t get done until after the break”. Have you ever had these same thoughts about the work you’re called by God to do?
I’ve always looked forward to Labor Day as just another day off work, but I had never taken the time to research what Labor Day was all about. Today marks the 125th anniversary of Labor Day in the United States, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country” (U.S. Dept of Labor website). In other words, it’s a day to remind us that the work we do is important and that our labor for this country is not in vain. I read this and I thought, “Is the work we’ve done worth being rewarded? Do we really deserve a Labor Day?
This also got me thinking about the concept of Labor Day in a spiritual context and the labor I do for the Kingdom of God: Is the work I’m doing deserving of a reward? Have I done enough kingdom work to deserve a break?
A Pinch More
Our labor for the Kingdom of God may seem thankless at times. We put so much work in to share the Gospel and ensure that we are living in a way that honors God, and even so, the world we live in is still in pretty bad shape. There are still so many who don’t believe in God or who don’t acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior. No matter how many devotions we write, how many times we invite others to church or to Bible study or to Sunday School, Revival, VBS, or just to pray together, our invitations aren’t accepted or are met with skepticism. Despite all the strides we’ve made to bring others to Christ, there’s still so much more work to be done. Sometimes it makes you think, “If no one is catching on to our message, is all of this work really worth it?” That’s why 1 Corinthians 15:58 is so encouraging! It reminds us that “[our] labor in the Lord is not in vain” (NIV).
The ultimate reward for our labor is victory in Jesus Christ! So no, our labor may not be honored with a national holiday, or even with the luxury of a break, but as 1 Corinthians 15:57 tells us, “but thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (NIV). For those of us laboring for God in ministry, in discipleship, or in any area that God has called you into specifically, give God your BEST work each and every time you report for your assignment. Don’t half-step because you’re unsure if the work will be worth it. Don’t shortchange God on your effort because you feel entitled to a break. Stand firm in the work of God with the understanding that our labor for the Kingdom of God is always worth it!
Q: What are some of the most rewarding aspects of your labor for the Kingdom of God?
Q: What kingdom work have you half-stepped on because you weren’t sure it would be worth the labor?
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Happy Labor Day