WEEKLY CHRISTIAN BIBLE STUDY AND DEVOTIONAL FROM GOD’S WORD, FOR THE NEWLY SAVED AND MORE SEASONED BELIEVER, AND FOR OTHERS SEEKING TRUTH. OUR PRAYER IS TO ENCOURAGE YOU AND STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH IN GOD’S INFINITE MERCY, LOVE AND GRACE, AND IN THE GOSPEL OF THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, THAT ALL WHO SEEK HIM HAVE ETERNAL, ABUNDANT LIFE.
Saturday, September 4, 2021
God Notices Your Labor!
Photo by Fulton St_4039 2013
As we in the United States celebrate Labor Day this
weekend, many may be in less than a joyful mood due to financial worries. For
those looking for work, the long weekend may be no different from other days,
and just a painful reminder that they are unemployed. Those affected by the
terrible storm may have not been able to go to their workplace, yet may have
been laboring intensely to clean up and repair their homes and businesses.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, how and where we work, and even how we serve God, has changed dramatically for many. Yet those who are still working are blessed by God's provision, for many are out of work altogether.
Many are working to make ends meet at a job that does not
meet their expectations or qualifications. Others find that their job
responsibilities have grown because fewer people are hired, but their pay stays
the same or even decreases. Even worse, it often seems that our employers,
coworkers or clients don’t notice our hard work or appreciate the good job we
But God always notices! He knows our hearts (Psalm 139:23), and He can tell
whether we’re working in joyful service because of how He has blessed us beyond
measure (Ephesians 3:16; Philippians
4:19), or whether we’re going through the motions grudgingly, doing the
minimum we need to do to get by.
By forgiving our sin debt (Romans 4:7; Ephesians 1:7), by giving His only
begotten Son to die for our sins, and by giving eternal life to all those who
repent and believe that Jesus rose from the dead (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4), God has blessed us
far beyond what we could ever imagine.
And yet, He delights in heaping blessings on us even beyond
that, and in great abundance (John 10:10;
Luke 12:32; James 1:17). This gives us reason to find joy in
all circumstances (Philippians 4:4)
and to give thanks for everything (1
Thessalonians 5:16-18), even if our sin nature feels we have reason to
complain rather than to be thankful (Deuteronomy
For every task we do at work or at home, no matter how
menial or insignificant it seems, there is a reason to find joy in it and give
thanks for it. If we are washing our dirty dishes, we can be thankful for the
good meal we ate, the family who shared it, and for running water.
If we’re losing patience because of customers’ endless
complaints, we can be thankful that there are customers so that we have a job,
and we can rejoice in the opportunity to bring them satisfaction and peace
rather than anger (Matthew 5:9).
In whatever situation we find ourselves, we can thank God by putting our whole
heart, soul and might into glorifying Him, making each moment of our life a
living prayer to Him. He will always remember and reward us for our service and
worship even when no one else notices (Matthew
3:17 And whatsoever ye
do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God
and the Father by him.… 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the
Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward
of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
As Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), Christians should give a good testimony
at work and wherever a job needs to be done because we are willing to go the
extra mile and with the right attitude. As the apostle Paul wrote to Titus, servants
are to please their masters, or in today’s world, employees are to serve their
employers with the same humility of spirit with which we serve Christ. He is our true Master, and in serving others, we are serving Him (Titus 2:9-10).
Even when we assemble for worship in God’s house, no good
deed is too trivial to escape His attention! A kind word or smile for someone
who is hurting may be exactly what God intended to encourage that person to be faithful to His will (Hebrews 10:23-25).
When Solomon built the temple to glorify God, skilled
artisans spent countless hours decorating the tops of the pillars with sculpted
lilies, even though none of the worshipers would even see them once they were
in position! But God saw and rewarded them for their labor, even though no one
else would applaud or praise their work (1
When was the last time we gave thanks to the person who
showed up early Sunday morning to turn on the air conditioning, or to the
person who made sure there was toilet paper in the restroom? Do we even know
who these people are? But God knows and keeps track of their faithful service
to His children and to all who come to hear His Word.
6:10 For God is not
unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward
his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Our labor is not in vain! Employers, coworkers, and
customers, and even family, friends, and fellow Christians, may not always show
their appreciation, but God faithfully keeps track of all we do to His glory. We
are laborers together with God (1
Corinthians 3:9). He will reward us in due time, if not in this world,
then in Heaven (1 Corinthians 3:10-14) where we can enjoy the benefits forever!
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in
the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in
Love in Christ, and may you have a blessed Labor Day