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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

LABOR IS HARD WORK


labor:  expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory.

The nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — namely, the American worker 

Labor Day became an official American holiday in 1894.  

America’s vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known.  Labor Day is an opportunity for Americans to celebrate their diverse talents and the benefits of a capitalist society.   

As a laborer in the Kingdom of God, we also have high standards and goals to uphold. The Apostle Paul exhorts workers in Colossians 3:23, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Our work ethic is forged in God’s Word, and as Christians, we are on display for the whole world to view.  Paul often spoke of his “labors” as he rebutted his opponents about supporting himself, or while praising a church-plant for their "labor of love."

In Ephesians 4:28 he writes to the church regarding work saying, “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.” I Corinthians 3:9 tells us “we are God’s fellow workers.” Paul referred to his own service to his beloved children as “being poured out as a drink offering” and was glad for it. 

The writer of Hebrews instructs us in verses 10-12 to be confident of the blessing we will receive as we serve the Body of Christ - “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.” 

Our biblical work ethic is the backbone of the success this country has enjoyed for over 200 years.

Jesus Himself commended the church at Ephesus, in Revelation 2:2, saying, I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil...”  

The word labor congers up an image of a woman about to bear a child.  Pain intensifies as the contractions progress.  However, once the child is born, the mind has a way of forgetting the pain and focusing on the newborn.  When we labor for something that is important to us - something that will make a difference - it often ends up being less of a chore and more of a privilege.

Here's a timely anecdote:

A stranger came to three workman all of whom were employed on the same job.  He asked each worker what he was doing.  Growled the first man: "I'm breaking rocks."  Said the second: "I'm earning a living." But the third man replied with a smile, "I'm building a cathedral."

If you labor in love for something, it’s really not work after all…


If a task is once begun, never leave it till it’s done.  
Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.   ~Anonymous

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all of your might.”  (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
  








Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”.  It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.  Visit
http://www.spirituallyunevenmarriage.com


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2 comments:

  1. Love your anecdote and I agree--if you love what you do, it's not "work!"

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  2. Thanks for stopping by Sandra. And yes, you can labor with love for those things that are your work profession! :)

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