“IN all Labor there is profit” – Pro 14:23
A preaching friend said his father, also a preacher, received a plague that hangs in his wall that reads, “Working for the Lord doesn’t pay much, but the retirement plan is out of this world.”
What labor for the LORD will we do today for even in His work there is profit?
Work is noble and it’s part of God’s design that we work with our hands, “By the sweat of your face You will eat bread,” Gen 3:19.
The alternative is to be idle and have nothing to contribute to others who are burdened. “28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.” Eph. 4:28.
God has a way of deal with loafers. He doesn’t bless them. “Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.” Pro. 10:4
By working hard there is a profit according to God’s design. Whatever you sow, this you shall reap, the Scriptures remind us. But some labor is better than other labor. “11 Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles,But the one who gathers by labor increases it.” Pro. 13:11
Paul said, “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” 2 Thess 3:10.
Even work can tempt a man to only work for things that profit in this life. The spiritual person makes time to train or exercise himself to be godly. Paul said, “for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Tim 4:8.
As there is hard work in building up the body, so also does it take perspiration and diligence to be a godly man. There is the labor that exercises and gives strength to the body. There is profit in this. But there is greater profit in the exercising of self unto godliness. This is accomplished through prayer and obedience to His commands. God rewards those who labor in His name. “For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.” Heb 6:10. We learn this same lesson in Matthew 25 when Jesus describes the judgment day and promises blessings to those who served others.
Every Christian should ask what he is going to do today for the LORD. The carnal woman knows that there is profit in all labor. But the spiritual woman desires even more the rewards that only come from God. If we are spiritual, the treasures we seek most are in heaven. 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mt 6:19-21
It’s true that all labor brings profit. And here is where the fleshly man is tested. Will he spend his time today only to advance his fleshly pursuits and carnal wants?
Today, let us do some labor for the LORD. God bless you. Dan