Laboring Through Him Is Not In Vain

January 26, 2010

This post is to all who are discouraged… discouraged because the trials seem to never end, the wicked apparently continue to prosper, the sinfulness, perversion, and evil in the world only increases, and hardly anyone listens to our exhortations and warnings concerning the importance of fleeing false doctrines. Sigh…

BUT…! What does God’s Word tell us to do? Well, Gal. 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in well-doing, for at the proper time we shall reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Notice that a promise goes along with the admonition. Also, note the word “if”. For contrary to popular opinion, most of God’s promises are conditional — conditioned upon OUR actions, attitude, and faith.

In John 14:1, Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled; you trust in God, trust also in Me.” There we see that WE are to do something. We are to trust. So, in order to do so, we must utilize what is available to us –to increase our trust– such as reading the Word. For “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Rom. 10:17)

What does Phil. 4:4-9 tell us to do? It admonishes us to rejoice, be thankful, pray, and petition God; to reject anxious thoughts, and instead fill our thoughts with whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy; and to imitate the life of Paul who was whole-heartedly devoted to following Christ Jesus. Doing THAT, will leave very little room for discouragement!

In view of this, then, true and faithful servant of the Lord, do not say, “‘I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. [Instead say,] Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.'” (Isa. 49:4)

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” (Heb. 10:35,36)

For indeed, “No ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” (Isa. 64:4)

Therefore, we have hope –and joyful expectation. For our faith and knowledge rest on a God who does not lie. (Titus 1:2) –A God who gives us “the hope of eternal life” (same verse), a God who does answer prayer (Ps. 6:9), and a God who rewards us for our labors of love –service we do for His glory and the furtherance of His Gospel.

We also have “joy…, because of our partnership in the Gospel…, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (See Phil. 1:4-6) If we labor in and through and by His Holy Spirit, then we can rest in joy –and in the confident assurance– that HE will be the One to carry it on, to make sure His Word, work, and intercession are not in vain, and to bring it all to completion.

–Definitely much cause for our encouragement! –Wouldn’t you agree?

with love,

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