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Heaven’s Work Order

Somebody observed that there are no belly buttons (good only for gathering lint) in the body of Christ! That observation reminds me of a great truth taught in l First Corinthians 15:58. That Divine directive calls on every child of God to be active in the work of the Lord when it says, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." The Greek word for abounding in this verse means "to super-abound (in
quantity or quality), be in excess, be superfluous, excel" (Strong's Concordance).

    Note four take-home points from this Heaven-sent work-order for God's children:

    #1.  Our work as Christians is the work of the Lord." It is not simply work for the elders preachers, or other ministry leaders in the church. When I refuse spiritual work I should be doing, I am not failing a human leader, I am failing to serve the Lord.

    #2.  We are to always be engaged in the Lord's work! Our culture is gripped by a desire for early retirement, but there is no such thing as retiring from the work the Lord assigns me to do. Sadly, too many already view the church as a place to come, sit, and listen instead of a vineyard where everybody is commanded and expected to find work to do and get busy doing it. God's work is something we do daily, not just for an hour on Sunday morning.

    #3.  We are to "abound" in His work. You may complain the elders are failing to give you a job to do. But if you are honest, you will look around and realize that a Christian is in a sense like a farmer. No farmer on earth ever had to wake up and "go to work." When he wakes up, he is surrounded by it! And so are you, Christian. There are countless souls to be saved and children who need someone to nurture and mentor and & love & guide them. There are prayers to be prayed, Bibles to be read, lonely and aged and sick people begging for a visit. There are Bible classes to be taught, pews to be filled, worship assemblies to be attended and participated in, discouraged and grieving people who need a pat on the back or a shoulder to cry on or a note to bring cheer. On and on the list goes of work for the Lord just waiting for someone to do it.

    #4.  Working for God will pay off! Work done for Christ is not in vain! It is never wasted time or effort! It is gaining for us an eternal pay off!

The church is blessed with many people who are active and engaged. But while some are willing to work and pray, some are also willing to shirk and play! Some are willing to work — and, sadly, some are more than willing to let them. Regarding work in the church, the question never is is there work to do. There always is. The question is are you a worker or are you a shirker for the Lord?!

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ