Summary: We all labor in one manner or another. What distinguishes one's labor? What makes our labor vain or valuable?
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
I. Vain labors are everywhere!
People often look back over their lives at the fruit of their labors with regret. They start out with so much potential and yet it all seems to be for naught: such a tragic waste of precious lives.
II. What constitutes vain labors?
Vain labors have no eternal significance. They are null and void, without true meaning or purpose. Thus, even though they might give us momentary satisfaction, they are of no lasting value.
III. What is the source of your labor?
The source of our labor determines the worth of our labor. If our labor originates with the Lord and is done in and through the Lord, then we will have true fulfillment. But if not, then it is all in vain.
IV. There are many vain labors.
Tragically, many people’s labors are in vain! Perhaps this is why so many people say they hate their jobs. However, the job is not the real problem; it is how you go about it.
V. Are your labors fleshly efforts or Divine activity?
If your labor stems from your fleshly human efforts, not even the best job in the world could satisfy you. But if your labor is derived from the Lord, then you can find fulfillment in any job, no matter how menial the task may be. Although it will still be described as your labor, it will no longer be a labor of your own making. When your labor is derived from the Lord and is accomplished by the Lord (as He works in and through your humanity), then it is never, ever in vain!
Conclusion: Do you want your labors to be valuable . . . for all eternity? Then yield yourself completely to the Lord Jesus Christ, and allow Him to do His good and perfect work through you. Then your labor will originate with the Lord and bring glory to the Lord. And that will make it all worthwhile!
Copyright©2014 Dr. Lewis Gregory, Source Ministries International
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