Summary: Here’s a message for the Labor Day weekend. The story of how a Dad helps his son illustrates how God helps us with our tasks.
THE LORD DOESN’T FORGET FAITHFUL WORKERS:
· These folk didn’t realize that their names
would be preserved in Scripture for eternity.
They didn’t know that I would use them as examples
for you folks at ____ Church on Labor Day Weekend
in the year _____!
We won’t find many of these names anywhere else !
If they were not recorded here,
we’d have no knowledge of them --
but God still would!
· When you labor and it seems that nobody notices,
who cares if they notice or not?
We must remember two things:
#1 What we do for the eyes of men and approval
brings only a temporary recognition and reward.
#2 What we do for the Lord’s eyes and His approval
will never be forgotten!
I may forget or overlook your works,
but you can remember what Hebrews 6:10 says:
"For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.".
God doesn’t require that we be successful.
But He does require that we be faithful:
· Stick to the job when quitting would be easier.
· Do the work even if nobody notices
or praises or thanks you.
· Keep serving even if you think
you’re doing more than your fair share.
· Refuse to allow any other attraction
to shift you from loyalty to Jesus Christ.
Little Stevie Works had done all he could do.
And when he could do no more,
he dropped the heavy armload of books.
Without a word,
his Dad picked up the load of books,
put them into Stevie’s arms
and scooped up both Stevie and the books into his arms.
They continued that way load after load,
until the last book had been put in its place in the study.
When we are faithful,
and when the job is just too much for us to accomplish,
and even when we fail in doing our work
God remembers our work,
and recognizes our weakness.
That’s when He takes us up into His arms
to complete the job with and through us.
Not in our own strength, but in His.
Today, whoever you are,
whatever you’ve done,
however you may have failed in the past,
Jesus calls you to His service.
He calls you to serve within His church.
He wants you to put your hands to work for Him...
to invest your time in a work that lasts.
And all who hear, and who believe,
will humbly, faithfully, diligently put Him first
and follow Him.
Would you be one who would put your hands to work?
Would you be one who,
believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,
would follow Him?
Then step out and let us all know that
as we sing our hymn of invitation.