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"A Labor of Love"

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"For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister."

Hebrews 6:10


Walking around our church campus last night and seeing new and familiar faces serving at our annual "Light the Night" event I was blessed knowing that every time we focus on investing our time in the lives others we labor for something that will stand the test of time. Reading in the book of Ecclesiastes this past week I was reminded once again of the vanity of living our lives in pursuit of material things. Looking at the life of Jesus we can see clearly He was not into stuff. Jesus didn't even own a home nor did He have an extensive wardrobe, basically just the clothes on His back and we know from His life He gave even them away upon His death. Jesus walked this earth as a man with humble means and that's because His focus was heaven and not earth. Last night as I watched both young and old alike serving along side each other I was blessed by the joy those who served enjoyed as they Labored in love.


There is an old saying that says, "You will never see a hearse pulling a U-haul". Another adage comes to mind too that says, "You can't take it with you" referring to our possessions and we all know its true. God never said there was anything wrong with owning stuff and being rich in the worlds goods is not a sign of God's blessing anymore than being poor is a sign otherwise. Remember, Jesus was poor by the worlds standards but His wealth is incalculable. Everything you see around you belongs to Him. Its only on loan to us and for a very short time at that we learn from reading the book of Ecclesiastes. Don't read this wrong, loved one, it's not unspiritual to own a car or have nice things. Living without "things" doesn't prove our spirituality any more than owning nice things proves we are spiritual. The question for us all is what in your life is really worth laboring for? What are you working for? Is it people, places or things? Are you seeking to advance the kingdom of God or building your personal portfolio? The joy I and others experienced last night at our "Light the Night' event came about as we labored in love.


The apostle Paul reminds us that the best things in life worth laboring for are people, any and all people. Not the elect as some might teach but people in this world, lost and found so to speak. Love in the Gospel is always associated with people not things and in the apostles mind love is worth the effort, it's worth the sorrow and it's worth the pain we will go through to reach others. Simply the labor of love is what motivates God's children to do what we do for others knowing that God is glorified through our lives as we live for Him, to honor and glorify Jesus. To see the smiles on children's faces last night as they got hand fulls of candy reminded me of the grace of God that He lavishes on us, His children, and the feeling I too get as I walk away knowing I received far more than I deserved. The kids who came last night got a great lesson in grace. God does give us more than we deserve.


As all who served at our "Light The Night" event found out for themselves, the best jobs in the world are service provider jobs where people get the opportunity to minister to someone else in Jesus name. Be it serving hot dogs or nacho's, or handing out a cake or a bottle of water and hand fulls of candy, anything we do in Jesus name becomes a labor of love. Halloween has come and gone but today has its own opportunity to become a "labor of love day" as each of us commits to reaching out to those around us seeking to serve them in love, with the love of Jesus. Its in that spirit and with that attitude that we put the love back into our labor!


"But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant."


Matthew 23:11


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