2011 Theme: “MAKE GOD GREATER!”
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38 NIV
Faithful Laborers: Today just happen to be a traditional United States holiday that celebrates economic and social contributions of workers. This day also symbolizes the end of one season and beginning of another. But for all the hard working Americans that have committed to a 40 plus work week and five plus week day, this one day of rest that extends a weekend of relaxation, is highly anticipated. Even more rewarding for those laborers that gain a paid day off. On the flip side, this is an ordinary day for those that have chosen not work for their living. Those that have chosen to manipulate a governmental system and reap the benefits of the hard workers. Those that relax at home with no problems other than what time to check the mail or their bank accounts to make sure their monthly assistance checks or electronic deposits have been made on schedule. Now, the faithful workplace laborers really don’t mind that a portion of their earnings are automatically deducted to fund programs established to help those that are in need of temporary assistance. Everyone has or probably will experience a time in his or her life when help in any capacity is needed. But for those that are able in the mind and body and willfully choose not to labor as the next person, well that might not set well for those that work from sun up to sun down while the manipulators and lazy individuals relax all day, everyday.
“For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing]. 2 Corinthians 5:10 AMP
Spiritual Manifestation: It is within reason why faithful laborers feel they deserve a day off even with compensation. But even in our faithfulness to employers and businesses, if GOD was to critique our labor in His harvest field, would He feel the same way we do towards those that that reap the benefit of our hard work? Some of us might think we deserve a ‘day off’ in ministry when we really haven’t labored in His harvest at all. We have walked by, browsed, enjoyed the crop in the Harvest, but many of us that think we are laboring in ministry by the number of assignments and evangelistic opportunities are laboring in vain because our ministry is not effective. We have gotten so accustom to using our talents, ministering in the same places to the same people and having the same expectations, that our work is not building up the Kingdom, not edifying the Body, and definitely not making the enemy afraid for battle. Regardless of our faithfulness to world systems, if we are not faithful laborers to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, all of our work is in vain. If we contribute all of our time and talents to jobs and while there we do not labor for Christ by representing Him in our character, stewardship, witnessing through our lifestyles and manifesting the Fruit of the Spirit, our labor is in vain. The latter highlighted verse is basically saying that only what we do for Christ will last. We might consider ourselves faithful laborers, but does GOD see us this way? What kind of fruit is being produced by our labor of frustration? What are really busy doing? What are we really accomplishing? Consider you labor in life today, and answer these questions. Can GOD say you have actually been faithful in the few things He has assigned to you? “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33). Make GOD Greater!
With Love in the Spirit,
Evangelist SJ Hastings, Christian Educator
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