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“There is nothing better than to rejoice in our work 

… for we are God’s fellow workers.”  

Ecclesiastes 3:22

1 Corinthians 3:9

 

At the beginning of my senior year in college one of my favorite professors died.  He taught biblical studies at a large public university back in the day when a professor could openly profess his faith in Jesus without fear of ridicule or scorn.

 

Dr. Boyd was a man who loved teaching.  His sudden death was a huge loss for me because I was enrolled in his Seniors Seminar with 11 other students who would meet in his home to learn about living the Christian life.  He died the day before our first class.

 

When I went to his funeral, my heart was heavy, drowning in grief.  The service began with his widow and children processing into the church, as we all sang “For All The Saints.”  My grief was lifted as we sang these words:

 For all the saints, who from their labors rest,

Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;

Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight.

     (Click here to listen to this great hymn.)

 

As a Pastor I find peace and joy in my labors for God, especially when I see the fruit of our labors.  I seek to offer God my best.  My desire is to please Him and to serve in such a manner that He can use me to accomplish His heart’s desire.  

 

All of us are called to labor for God, whether we are a teacher, nurse, farmer, engineer, or the low-one-on-the-totem poll.  There is no greater position in life than to labor with God, to be His co-worker.

 

If your work today seems laborious, remember that God is laboring alongside of you.  Look to Him and rejoice in the task that is before you. 

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Have thy tools ready; God will find thee work.  

Charles Kingsley (1)

It was the Tuesday after Labor Day, when I received a call from my bank asking me if I had made 23 purchases with my debit card at the local hardware store over the Labor Day Weekend.  I had.

That weekend I was tackling a home improvement project.  It seemed that every 20 minutes I had to run to the Hardware Store to purchase a tool, buy a bolt, or retrieve more materials.  While my heart and mind was ready to work, I was ill prepared to complete the project.

Those 23 trips to the Hardware Store consumed 8 hours of my time and 15 gallons of gas.  Some of the trips were to exchange items which I did not need for items I would have known I needed if I had planned ahead. 

By Monday afternoon the sales clerks and cashiers avoided me when I reentered the Hardware Store asking for help. While I eventually finished the project, it consumed a whole 4 day weekend.  

My wife offered the best summary of the experience:

“It would have been easier to ask someone else to do it!”

I wonder how often God thinks the same when He has work for us to do for Him.

God has work for us to do, but the work goes undone because we are not prepared.  We have failed to prepare our heart, mind, and hands through prayer and study.

I wonder what the world would be like if every Christian had their tools readied for God’s work.  

I bet the world would be a different place.

“Always be prepared to explain to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (2)

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  1. Samuel G. Hardman and Dwight Lyman Moody, Thoughts for the Quiet Hour (Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1998).
  2. 1 Peter 3:15.

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