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Topic: Labor (04/19/04)

TITLE: His Burden Is Light
By Vanessa Severino


Labor... Is Service, Its Works, Some are done inside a church atmosphere, some are done on the job, in the home, or in the community... Some are done onto God for God, some are not. There are many jobs we may think we are doing for God, but in fact, we are not.
The question is not what we do, but why we are doing it, and who are we looking to get the glory? Some works we do, to get people to like us, and notice us, and we want some credit for those works, and God is not pleased with that kind of labor. When we give, the Word says, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is giving.
There are some people, I am guilty of this myself, that want to help many in the body of Christ, I have a heart of compassion that desires to ease burdens, teach,and encourage, and if I can reach everyone who I see are struggling until their frowns turn into smiles I would, but its not possible. I often spread myself too thin, trying to help everyone, trying to encourage too many people, all at the same time, and go overboard, doing what I think is "God's work for the Lord" but in fact its is the furthest from the truth. Its not God's work, just because what you are helping them with are spiritual matters. Its only God's work, when He specifically asked you to go to that person, and give them a word of encouragement, and ease their burden the way He instructed you to do so.
How we know we aren't doing His work, and our own ideas on we think we can help that person, is how exhausted we get after our labor is complete. The Lord says, "My burden is light" and what He meant by that is, Whatever the Lord asks us to do, He will equip us to do the task, He will provide for you what you need to get the job done. You will have all the strength you need, all the wisdom you need, and He will also prepare the hearts to be ministered to by and see him through what He instructs you to do.
The Lord doesn't ask for sacrifice, He strictly asks for obedience, and that means, let Him lead, you follow, and may He always get ALL the glory for the work He will accomplish in and through You. Remember God looks at the heart, not what we do, but why we are doing it. God bless you. Ask Him to humble you. Remember not to labor in vain. Ask Him to give you a burden for His people and whatever you do, will point people to Jesus as the one who will always be there for them.

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Jan Grupido04/27/04
Truth is woven throughout this piece. I met with a missionary, recently, that was busy with his fund raising work. He had waited 14 years for God to allow him to return to the field. He said, "I could have gone and worked...and might have thought it God's will...or at least convinced myself it was. It took this long and some other 'work' for me to learn it IS HIS WORK, on His terms and time."
Would liked to have seen some formatting for paragraphs and smoother transitions. Perhaps an edit here or there BUT the truth taught here is soooooo important...it was well worth the read. thank you
L.M. Lee04/27/04
God has been dealing with me a lot about obedience lately. He showed me that "my sacrifices" are making me "King" of my life...not Him. Boy was that an eye opener!
Leticia Caroccio04/29/04
I find myself constantly questioning my heart and its motives. Your article helped to shed light on this topic of labor and who gets the glory. Thank you for sharing it.