I wrote the following as a church newsletter article in March 2002 and previously posted it as “Work That Really Pays!” The verse is today’s text in our “View From The Top: What Does God Say?” study, so I’ve just copied my old writing here as a reminder. -tom
“Therefore, my dear brothers, 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.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Does your work make a difference? Do you ever end the day feeling that all of your efforts were a waste of time? How often do you wonder what you are really accomplishing in life?
The Bible gives a simply stated solution to living a life that counts. We find it in many places, including the verse above. The problem, as in many Biblical truths, comes in the application. It is easy enough to read a command, “always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord”, but it is a completely different thing to actually live it out each and every day. We read along in our Bibles and see the word “always” and assume that this must only apply to those who work in full time professional ministry. However, the context of this verse indicates it is meant for all believers who have the hope and assurance of a ressurection of the dead. That is the “therefore” part of the verse. Since death has been defeated and we have the assurance of life eternal with Jesus, we know our work is never in vain when it is the work of the Lord being done.
Teaching, serving, giving, sharing, cleaning, etc., are all things that are very necessary to the work of the Lord continuing within the local church. The work of the Lord is also done wherever you are when you take seriously the Lord’s command to make disciples. When you devote your life to making disciples, you truly “lay up for yourself treasure in heaven”. As you live a life committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus, you will have found work that really pays.
May God bless your work for Him.