(NOTE: This sermon series and devotional series is based on a book by Randy Frazee entitled, “BELIEVE.”
You may choose to download or purchase the book as a supplement to your worship and devotional emails.)
Not in vain.
Some days it just doesn’t feel worth it.
The house you cleaned up is dirty again. The laundry you just put away is back in the hamper. The presentation prepared for work, not accepted. The practice you put in to make the team wasn’t enough. The volunteer effort you gave…no one said a word of appreciation.
Perhaps there are days where you feel like King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes: “Meaningless.”
One works hard, only to retire and see your job filled by a college graduate. A company you poured your life into closes. Your degree you spent hours earning, didn’t do any good to get a job.
And the list goes on.
Every earthly aspect of our life can very much feel meaningless because it is all temporary. We seek to make a difference, leave a legacy, or make a significant impact. But in the end, what will your obituary say?
Did your life have meaning and purpose or just fade into nothing?
Life lacks significant meaning and purpose if I am just living for myself or for earthly accolades. Where significant meaning and purpose come is when I live life for God’s purposes and to God’s glory. The Apostle Paul wrote:
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
The reason that Paul can give this encouragement falls on the heels of the reality of the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus is dead, faith is dead. Life loses its meaning and purpose. Yet when we have the hope and reality of Christ’s resurrection, it gives us something to live for because we are living not just for this world, but for an eternity with the Lord.
What is done for the world is temporary. What is done for the Lord is eternal.
So if you really want to have purpose and meaning and significance, live and labor for the Lord.
Labor done for the Lord is not in vain.
Here’s what that looks like. You may not make the team, but your effort was a witness to your faith in the Lord. Your presentation may not be accepted by your boss, but your integrity is a testimony to who you really work for. If it seems like your tasks are purposeless, when your focus is to serve and glorify the Lord, everything you do has significance and nothing you do is in vain.
So enjoy your Wednesday…give yourself FULLY to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Apply: This whole week is God’s Spirit changing my focus on living for self or that which is temporary to that which is eternal. How is this giving deeper meaning to your day?
Prayer: Lord, help me each day to labor for you and remember that my labor for you is never in vain. AMEN.