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Don’t labour in vain – Make your work COUNT!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like a chicken running around madly with it’s head cut off. At moments I wonder if the extra effort and frantic pace is actually worth it. The answer I received in prayer this past week surprised me … IT’S NOT!

The Psalmist gives this strong warning:

“If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labour; If the Lord does not watch over the city, in vain does the watchman keep vigil. In vain is your earlier rising, your going later to rest, you who toil for the bread you eat: when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.”

~ Psalm 127 [126]

Our work is valuable when it’s connected to God’s work. When it isn’t, it’s done in vain. All of our work, our “earlier rising”, our “going later to rest”, might get a house constructed, but how long will the house last? 40 years? 60 years? Will this house be part of any greater good?

The psalmist mocks such builders. He says that while they toil and exert so much energy, the Lord “pours gifts on his beloved”, and not as they work, but as they “SLEEP”! When we work with God’s plan He blesses our work, gives it more impact and lasting value. When we retire for the day, God picks up where we left off.

Perhaps the difficult question is how do we know if what we do is part of God’s plan? Consider these three points.

I. Make it your aim in all things to do the will of God. This is about developing an attitude in which the important thing is not what we want, but what He wants. If we do this in small and easy things, we will be more ready to do it in large and difficult ones.

II. Pray for the grace to know God’s will. Maybe this seems obvious, but it’s good to ask ourselves, “How much do I pray to know God’s will?”

III. Give God permission to destroy a project if it’s not part of His plan. This might be the hardest of the three because it demands total detachment, total humility, and total trust. No one likes to be part of something that is a failure and this is why we sometimes prop-up something that is not working, so that we don’t look so bad. Yet the quicker we set aside what is not part of His plan, the quicker we can get to that which IS and receive the abundant blessing He has in store.

Life isn’t fair.

Some people labour in vain.

Others get all the blessings, even as they sleep …

because they are part of a bigger plan.

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