Our Labor is Useful

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 15.

We are in the Lord. The Lord is saving us. The Lord is giving us victory. Do you know what that means? That means our labor is useful. That means our work matters. For some reason, some people have the idea that being saved by grace means what we do doesn’t matter. Not true. Being saved by grace is the only thing that makes our work matter. Because the Lord is working, my work matters. If He weren’t working, my work wouldn’t matter at all. If I am not working, then the Lord’s work is vain. But as Paul says, God’s grace was not vain toward him because he worked. And as he also said, because the Lord is giving us victory, our work in Him is not in vain. Today, let’s get to work in the Lord. That will not be in vain.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 16.

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Pray for Laborers

Today’s reading is Luke 10.

Once again, I get it exactly backwards. I tend to believe there are a lot of disciples sharing the gospel, but not many people interested in it. Jesus says it is the other way around. There is a huge harvest waiting to be harvested, but not many people laboring. I’ve never thought about it before, but Jesus doesn’t teach us to pray for a big harvest. He says that is already there. He tells us to pray for workers, for harvesters, for disciples to get out there and share the gospel. WOW! Let’s spend today praying, not for a harvest, but for more laborers. Oh yeah, and let’s be ready to be part of God’s answer to that prayer. Let’s get into the field and start harvesting.

Monday’s reading is Luke 11.

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Don’t Grow Weary

Today’s reading is 2 Thessalonians 3.

This letter to the Thessalonians begins with a thanksgiving that their faith and love are both increasing and abounding. So much so that Paul was able to boast about them in all the other congregations he visited. It ends with a caution. Don’t let that flag. Don’t grow weary in it. It is especially wearisome to do good when even brothers and sisters around you are growing weary. We, however, can and must continue. Relying on God, let us continue to shine God’s good light by doing our work, doing it well, and pointing to Him. Some days that won’t come naturally. But put your hand in God’s and walk with Him anyway. You’ll be amazed at the outcome God produces through you and for you.

Monday’s reading is Matthew 1.

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