Laboring For What?

September 2, 2013

This Labor Day let us all reconsider what it is we are laboring toward, what it is we are giving up our time, our efforts, and our lives for. Are we exerting ourselves so as to acquire more money, possessions, recognition, and pleasures that appease the senses? Or are we laboring for things that will last? The wise person will have chosen the latter.

What are the things that last? Souls last. Souls will exist forever –either in the abode of eternal death, or, in the abode of eternal life. So are we laboring for souls to be saved? We sure should be. It is the commission of every servant of Christ’s.

Attitudes last. Except for being changed through education, enlightenment, and God, attitudes continue. They grow deep, they rule minds, hearts, and behaviors, and thus they ruin or help people. Therefore we should be striving to adjust our own attitudes and assist others with theirs so that attitudes will work to better the world and bring people to love and truth.

Fruit lasts. Fruit of character, of words, of actions, of thoughts. The fruit of thoughts are almost always the origination of the others. For example, think a thought, ponder it, pull in more thoughts to support it, water and fertilize them, produce a crop, act them out, grow consequences, reap a harvest. The initial thought could have been good or bad, but whichever it was, fruit –sweet or bitter– was produced, and it will affect history, even eternity. If we walk in the Spirit, the fruit we produce will be good. (Gal. 5:16,22,23) It will save souls, it will promote the Truth, it will glorify the Lord, it will bring us reward, honor, and commendation from God Himself, and it “will last.” (John 15:16) As 1 Cor. 15:58 promises to those who give themselves fully to the work of the Lord: “Your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Let us, therefore, reconsider what it is we are laboring for throughout every given day as well as in our lives as a whole. And let us ask ourselves honestly if the goal of our labor is a worthy one in God’s eyes.

with love,

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