Tomorrow is the first day of the year when many people are heading back to work after the holidays. I imagine there will be a lot of groans when those alarm clocks go off in the morning. It’s time to get back “in the swing of things.” After a nice few days off, it’s time to go to work.
This morning in Ladies’ Class, we were discussing workers. I had planned on singing “To the Work, To the Work.” Guess what – it’s not in our current hymnal. So, then I looked for “We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes” – it wasn’t in there either. It seems like “work” is not something we like to sing about doing anymore. As we were discussing different workers in the early church, we talked about how we normally think of the apostles, those who went on missionary journeys, or those who wrote books of the New Testament. But when it comes down to it, most of the work done then, was done by the same folks who do it today – local Christians. Local Christians are the ones who evangelize their communities – inviting their friends and neighbors to worship services. The local church reaches out to those in need. We edify each other by worshiping together, in fellowship one with another, and praying for each other. What an honor and privilege it is to work for the Lord!
Do you consider yourself a worker? What have you done today for the Lord? Would your friends, family, and those with whom you come in contact with consider you to be a hard worker? Do you give it your all? Most importantly, would God count you as a worker? Jesus said unto his disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38) Paul sent Tychicus to the church in Ephesus, Onesimus to the church in Colosse; and Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus to the Corinthians to encourage and build up these congregations. If Paul was alive today, would he be sending you to work with a needy congregation or would he be sending someone to work with your congregation? May you be a worthy worker for the Lord. God Bless, Courtney