The word labor is synonymous with hard-work, struggle and pain, in our daily vocabulary; however there is a better way to labor. This is labor for the good of others because of love in the name of God. The bible calls it the labor of love. Yes, it has all the traits of other forms of labor, but its motivation and foundation is love. This kind of labor can never ever be in vain. Today be encouraged to know that anything you do because of and for, God will be rewarded.
“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” Hebrews 6:10. It seems obvious to all believers that God is not unjust, yet by word and deeds they act otherwise! Any time you mistrust God or doubt His promise, you are in essence making Him a liar and passively saying that He is unjust. That is sobering! When you pray that God should remember you, in essence you are saying that He has forgotten you, which in itself is injustice. God cannot and will not forget your labor of love. Jesus said whatever you do to the little ones, you have done it to Him (Matthew 10:42), how can He forget what you have done for Him? The labor of love is always rewarded lavishly! God sees the toil you go through to love labor and minister to others. Small things like sending an encouraging text message to a friend in need, like reminding someone about church service and making mention of one’s name in prayer, cannot escape God’s notice. Big things like living sacrificially to minister love to the needy, spending sleepless nights preparing for a mission or sermon, praying intensely for others as if your life depended on it, and giving your hard-earned money for the cause of Christ, will be greatly rewarded.
Friend you are not laboring in vain, God is a rewarder! “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” 1 Corinthians 15:58. Whatever you do in the Lord is never in vain; it is not futile or a waste, no matter what you see or feel. Cornelius probably had labored in love for so long that he forgot to expect any reward. Without prior warning; God sent an Angel to him and this opened the gospel to the gentiles beginning with his whole family (Acts 10). Dorcas helped widows long enough, probably until some people wondered why she was wasting her time and resources. By after her death, the widows held up her fruits of love as proof to warrant her reward. And the reward was her being raised back to life, read her story; “At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive.” Acts 9:36-41
Mordecai saved the King from conspiracy and it all seemed in vain, until God gave the King sleepless night so as to reward Mordecai. When the King woke up, he sought advice on how to reward his subject the best way possible, and Mordecai was gloriously elevated (Esther 6:3-12). The list is endless, but the principle is very clear and profound; ‘God sees your labor of love and He will definitely reward you.’ Whatever you do, do not lose heart keep on and always be motivated by love. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” Galatians 6:9. Today, remember that your labor of love will lavishly rewarded. Don’t grow weary, keep doing good and labor in love no matter what you feel, think or what people say; it is unto the LORD.
Robert Ssesanga is the founder of Aflame Gospel Ministries a multifaceted Christian ministry and the Senior Pastor of Aflame Gospel Assembly in Kampala, Uganda. He is an author and a conference speaker who travels extensively to nations. He preaches the gospel with signs, miracles and wonders, as God attests to His word with power. His emphasis on victorious living and enjoying the supernatural life has been instrumental to many lives that have been impacted over the years in many nations. HIs passion is to demonstrate the gospel and impact generations.