WORK TO DO

Though at times onerous, work is a good thing. Proverbs 12:24 has "The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor." In Proverbs 13:4 we find, "The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich." Again, in Proverbs 19:15: "Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger." It is good to work even if sometimes it is hard. Laziness is a reprehensible waste of the blessings of God.
This is particularly true in the spiritual sense. James said, "But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed" (James 1:25). He also told us to be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22). God uses the Bible to tell us of our responsibilities before Him. It is not enough for us to know what to do we must also do it. This doctrine bothers folks who are afraid that some may believe that salvation is earned. We earn nothing by doing God's will. Jesus saves us. But neither will we gain even a hint of salvation if we refuse to be doers of the work.
What work? Obeying the gospel is doing the work of the Word. Remaining faithful to the Lord and His church is doing the work of the Word. Being an active, involved Christian is doing the work of the Word. This is not complicated. Doing what God wants done is exactly what it seems like it is. Folks object to this simple definition for two understandable reasons: (1) They do not want to do God's will or (2) They find the clear Biblical definition of Christian service to be objectionable in some way. In either instance, trouble is afoot.
We have work to do. Here at home we have our Vacation Bible School and Bible Camp coming up. We have the services and the classes of the church here to support by our attendance and study (2 Timothy 2:15). We continue to give so that our work here and in other places may go forth. Mike and Bret Pepper are at this writing in Ghana. We will be working with the Mid-Hudson congregation in July helping them with their VBS. We have a big Guyana work planned for this October. There is work to do and we are blessed when we go ahead and do it. The lazy Christian is never happy.
When you look at that crowded schedule, remember God's work. And also remember this apostolic encouragement: "Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58).