UV 2211/10000 Fruitful Labour
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 the Lord.
I Corinthians 15 v 58
All other labour is often in vain or a mere chasing of the wind as it is written in the book of Ecclesiastes. But our labour for the Lord is not in vain. We may not see immediate fruit or results and in some cases, we would see it only beyond our time in eternity. We need to therefore, be steadfast in our dedication, diligent in our efforts and persistent in fulfilling the vision the Lord has given us. We should aim to multiply our influence and impact. True success of a believer can be assessed only after our lifetime. Did we leave a legacy in the number of lives we influenced and impacted for the sake of the Lord?
The uni-verse calls us to be steadfast in holding onto our hope in Christ. Our faith should not cause us to rest on our oars but aim to do even more than before. We ought to be confident that the Lord will reward or bless us for our every effort in His time. For the Lord is no man’s debtor. He gives just wages for every labour of ours. Jesus said that even if we give a cup of cold water in His name, it would be accounted and remembered by the Father.
When we do any deeds with the help of the Lord, it will not be futile. It will yield the results. When our acts are preceded, accompanied and followed by prayer and the Word, it will bear fruit and not be ineffective or barren. Paul motivated himself by focussing on the imperishable spiritual and glorious crown that awaited him at the end of his life of struggle and sacrifice. That kind of motivation will enable us to discipline ourselves. Jesus also scorned the shame and pain of the cross by the thought of the eternal glory He gained by obeying the Father’s will. The zeal to please the Father and do His perfect will set His mind like flint so that He could fulfil His life’s mission of the salvation of mankind. Likewise, we should know what is the Lord’s will for our lives and relentlessly and diligently follow that plan and path till the finishing line of our race or the last blow of our fight.
Prateep V Philip