Your labor prompted by love
Labor Day was last weekend and it got me thinking about how we view our work and labor. The first mention of labor in the Bible is in Genesis 3:16 where God tells Adam and Eve that it is going to take labor to birth babies. The most precious human gift we receive from God is going to take work! Someone once said, " If raising children was going to be easy, it wouldn't have started with something called labor." From the beginning in our fallen world, anything worthwhile takes labor to birth — an idea. a relationship. an education. a rescue. a ministry!
I often find myself laboring over things that don't matter much and have no lasting value, but I find that when I labor over things prompted by God's love, produced by faith and inspired by hope — those things really matter and they will be remembered!
I Thessalonians 1:3 says it this way — "We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."
Today because of several hurricanes, people are laboring for many hurting families. Men and women are setting aside their own comfort to labor for others! That is the only beauty in these storms. But, even when life is "normal" and work is tedious, labor becomes something precious when we do it for the Lord and our love for others. Then we won't miss the little and big laborsthat can make a difference in someone's life.
Thank you for laboring with us for our laborers in Malawi — Dick, Charlotte, Moira, Ben, Mary, Philip, Cathy, Brenda, Lameck, Michael, Aaron and Timaleni. This team labors together to disciple, train and minister to gogos, vulnerable children, students, teachers and village leaders.
I can't think of truer words then these about you as supporters of our Malawian staff. They are worth repeating! "We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."
— I Thessalonians 1:3