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Topic: Labor (04/19/04)
TITLE: Calamity Reigns Supreme
By Robert Coskrey
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Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, our accomplishments
can fall in a moment's notice. We strive to be the best and for
some reason, we never get there. It doesn't take long before we
begin to think our labor is all in vain. We are the only ones that
notice our hard work. Consider for a moment that there is a good
reason for this. An eternal one.
In Hebrews chapter 11, there is a verse that says none of the
prophets received what was promised. They knew their rewards
were in Heaven. They felt the pains of goals not being reached
and promises being unfulfilled. Whatever they lost in this life,
they gained in the next one on a much higher level. Inspite of
how torn they were in the spirit, they knew their reward was
ultimately in Heaven. They lost much in order to gain it.
There are far better rewards beyond winning ribbons or
popularity. Standing before God and hear Him tell us we've
been faithful and never gave up. We continued to labor knowing
it would be rewarded with a crown of life.
Jesus said if we lose our life for Him, we gain it. Much depends
on how we view loss. A loss in our eyes might be a victory in God's.
We can never be disheartened by a lack of progress. Even if we lose,
Our labor may go unrewarded because the real prize is somewhere else.
Waiting for us in Heaven.