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Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor of Love

Scripture to reflect upon for Manic Monday: Revelation 14:13
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

Today might not be such a manic Monday for most of you. Many of you have today off because it’s Labor Day.

Labor Day became an official federal holiday in 1894 to honor hard-working Americans. It’s a way to recognize the economic and social contributions of workers (Wikipedia.com). It’s also a great excuse to enjoy the last days of summer, cookouts, and family before the holiday season of winter quickly approaches.

For Christians, the positive, loving and amazing contributions we make to the world seem to go unrecognized. Many people only see our mistakes and then categorize us all into hate-mongers. Their unrealistic view of us is frustrating and confusing. But I’ve said it before, the mainstream media (a.k.a. the world’s projection) refuses to show the reality of who we are and the good deeds we do to make a difference. Why show hope to the world when they can just as easily keep them hopeless and angry?

One day, we too, will be recognized for our good deeds. It won’t be anytime soon, or even here in our lifetime. Our good deeds will follow us when we die and come face to face with Jesus.

We all know that we are not saved by our deeds, nor will anyone go to heaven for the “good stuff” they’ve done in the world. So that means Angelina Jolie can keep doing all she’s doing, as can Madonna, but as long as they continue to refuse Jesus Christ as their Savior, they will never see the Kingdom of God. What they are doing is absolutely commendable, but the rest of their ways lack ethical and moral honor.

When Christians try to “save the world,” they are doing it because they have a heart to help, and a desire for others to be saved and to go to heaven…where real hope lives. Our heart goes deeper than the surface of helping, but the ultimate goal is to show the real, honest to God hope. The world offers a band-aid. Christians--you--offer eternal life. 

NOTE TO SELF: Your labor of love is their hope…

Photo: George Frederick Watts, Watts Hope. Gorgeous!!

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