Sanctified Labor

Why do you work? Most would answer that they work to earn a living. While this is true, it doesn’t give us the whole picture for a Christian. A born again Christian works to earn a living but if that is all, something is wrong. We, who are His, are His representatives in the workplace. Income, while very essential, is to be secondary to being a “light” on the job. Our profession, calling, position or job is our mission field! This gives us a whole new perspective on work. Instead of only being something that has to be done to support ourselves and our families, it is an opportunity for service. When it is time to leave for work, it no longer needs to be faced with regret. It should be viewed as God appointed ministry. Paul’s inspired charge to the Colossians and us was, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). In James M. Black’s well known hymn, “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder,” we, who know the Lord, are challenged, “Let  us labor for the Master from the dawn ’till setting sun, let us talk of all His wondrous love and care; then when all of life is over and our work on earth is done and the roll is called up yonder I’ll (we’ll) be there.” Selah! “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 15:58). All labor is sanctified when done for His sake!  Ron

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