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"Labor of Love"

"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

Two sayings come to mind this morning as we celebrate Labor Day weekend. The first is, "if you love what you do you'll never work another day in your life." And the second is, "You will never see a hearse pulling a U-haul". Those two thoughts put into perspective that the best use of our finances comes not from the things we might accumulate in this life but the investment we make in the lives of others. After all, the only things that are eternal are, "God, the Word of God and the souls of men." That's why Jesus calls us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness telling us all these other things will be added to us. "These other things" Jesus refers too are the necessities of life. The Lord knows what we have need of even before we ask.

There is another adage that comes to mind today 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 or going without "things"is a sign of holiness.

Remember, Jesus was poor by the worlds standards but His wealth is incalculable. Everything you see around you belongs to Him. Everything you and I possess in this life is merely on loan to us and for a very very short time we learn from reading the book of Ecclesiastes. Don't read this wrong, loved one, it's not unspiritual to own a car, a house, or to 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? Don't forget, we can't take it with us but when we invest our treasures in the kingdom of God its like sending it on ahead. What we store up in heaven will be there one day when we arrive!

The apostle Paul reminds us that the best things in life worth laboring for are people, any and all people. Not only laboring for the elect but for all people in this world, lost and found so to speak. Love in the Gospel is always associated with people not things when it comes to God 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 with Christ's love. Simply put, 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, seeking to bring glory and honor to Jesus. We don't work to earn God's favor, we labor diligently because we already do have His favor when we placed our trust in Jesus.

The best jobs in the world are service provider jobs where we get the opportunity to minister to someone's need else in Jesus name. Be it making a cup of coffee for someone or preparing a meal or educating others in some way. When we seek to serve and use our job as a means to ministering to others its then that our work becomes a labor of love because the goal of our work isn't just earning a paycheck but better still, loving people and serving them in Jesus name. Make today your own "labor of love day" and commit to reaching out to those around you seeking to serve them in love, with the love of Jesus. It's that spirit and attitude that puts the love back into our labor!

"For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works."

Matthew 16:27


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