When we take time to truly consider all that God has done for us, we can’t help to be grateful! He has been abundantly gracious to have forgiven us and transformed our lives! As a result, He has given us the opportunity to be abounding in the Lord’s work! Our willingness to serve Him and others is a natural response to His generosity!
Over the years of ministry, and being involved in the church, I’ve had the honor of serving in many capacities. Every time I have worked for someone in the ministry, my job description was always lengthy! Because of this, I was exposed to a lot of different roles of service with the church!
Yet, serving in the local church is not the sole place of service for the believer. God has called each one of us to serve Him in whatever capacity He places us in. If we limit God’s work to a specific time during a Sunday service, we may end up missing out on the very opportunities He has designed for us.
The church is always in need of volunteers for the ministries that serve the community. It seems that there are more positions available than people to take them on. Some churches may have too many ministries for the number of people available. However, most of the problem is that 20% of the people do 80% of the work!
Paul tells believers to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV) His instruction of always abounding the work of the Lord may be foreign to the modern believer, but it shouldn’t be. The need has never been greater for us to work like never before.
There are multitudes of souls to reach and all kinds of ministries to be accomplished. Until the Lord returns, every believer should work as the Lord has gifted and leads! Our time, energy, talents, gifts, bodies, minds and spirits are designed by God for the purpose of working for the Lord!
The gratitude that we have in our hearts for all that God has done for us must be given hands and feet. James tells us, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” James 2:26 (ESV) Our faith must respond by working for the Lord. Paul says we should be always abounding in the work of the Lord!
When we truly work for Him and do so through His power, we will accomplish His will! When a believer does the good work of the Lord, it will have eternal benefits! Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.” Revelation 22:12 (ESV)
What about you? Are you abounding in the Lord’s work? Never be satisfied with doing the bare minimum for God. This life we live and work for is temporary, but the work we do for the Lord is eternal! Let’s make an eternal difference!
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