Spiritually Speaking: Labor of Love

Spiritually Speaking: Labor of Love

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

Have you ever had an experience where, regardless of the good intentions and heartfelt purpose you had, the result, or the reaction from others, was completely negative and the opposite of what you expected?

Ever worked so hard on something, perhaps put so much time and effort into a project, only to be told it is no longer needed and all of your time thus wasted?

Ever felt like you’ve gone the extra mile for someone, out of your way, and yet the gesture seemingly went unnoticed or unappreciated?

Or maybe you’re just one of those precious souls who just loves people so much and wants to make a powerful, positive impact on humanity, but in this present world of chaos you’re beginning to wonder if it’s really worth it.

I think Jesus had those moments. I think He must have had a lot of them, actually.

For instance, there was that time when He healed the ten lepers, but only one came back to thank Him.

I always wondered how many of the 5,000 He fed fishes and loaves to ended up expressing their gratitude for the miracle of multiplication that satisfied their hunger.

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Let’s not forget Calvary, when His own countrymen turned against Him, even though all He ever did was try to help them and open their understanding. Of course He knew it was to fulfill prophecy, but I’m sure their rejection stung nonetheless.

There were also men like Jeremiah, who is called the weeping prophet because he endlessly toiled, pleaded, and attempted to change the mindset of his wayward people, but never saw a repentance or restoration for them during his lifetime.

What am I getting at here?

Not everyone is going to acknowledge and appreciate the effort you put forth.

There will always be critics and naysayers who may, even inadvertently, put a damper on your spirit and the good you’re trying to do.

But just because no one notices or cares, or so it may seem, does that mean we shouldn’t still try? Do we then cease to put passion and pride into whatever we do?

Sometimes, all you want is just a nod of thanks or recognition. You’re not asking for the spotlight, but let’s be honest–working backstage, behind the scenes, can sometimes feel unrewarding.

If you’ve ever poured your heart into something, or someone, and felt like it was to no avail, it’s discouraging to say the least. Those moments make it easy to want to throw in the towel and stop caring and trying so hard.

Isn’t it such a reassurance, then, to remember that God sees all? He even knows and discerns the intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

Just like that saying, “it’s the thought that counts.”

Your labor of love, your effort of expression, and your determination to make a difference is not overlooked by the Lord. Your thoughts and motives count.

Truly, if your heart is right, and directed by the Spirit, you won’t be able to help but express His desires and try to positively affect lives around you. The Lord’s good works will naturally call your hands to action.

Sometimes you’ll see the fruit of that service, but there is always a possibility that you may never.

That doesn’t mean the water you’ve given or the nourishment you’ve fed hasn’t taken effect on the roots; you can’t see what’s below the surface, and it could take years to see the impact you made finally blossom forth.

Remember what I mentioned about Jesus and Jeremiah?

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Even in tragedies, even in hopeless situations, even when it looked like all that they had spent their lives devoted to had not made a dent…their impact still lives on today.

Because Jesus loved the world despite how it treated Him–because He looked beyond how bleak it appeared at the time–His labor and His sacrifice became His greatest investment. In return, He gets all of His children to finally come back home.

Because great biblical men and women chose to persist, to carry out the urgency in their hearts to do God’s will, both history and scripture survived to tell their testimonies, and are encouraging hearts like yours and mine in the midst of this modern world.

They were all a small piece to the big puzzle, but each one of their thoughts, words, and hard work counted toward the overall plan of God.

Just like at work: all that you do contributes to the large picture of your company or employer’s vision. You may not be able to pinpoint your exact effect or see a direct impact in your daily duties, but you are still part of the main vision of your workplace.

Your labor is not in vain. Your time is not wasted.

“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,” (1 Corinthians 15:58, KJV).

So whether you’re an employee on the job, a stay-at-home mother caring for children, or just a Christian hoping to be a witness for Christ and a faithful servant for your brothers and sisters in Him, always, always, always, do your best, even if no one is looking or giving you credit.

Don’t get weary in well-doing; keep doing what you know to be right.