We Have Entered into Their Labor

Those of us who labor for Christ benefit from all the labors of those before us.  There is so much for which we can be thankful.

First of all, the Scriptures themselves are available to us in abundance.  You can find them online, you can find them in bookstores, you can find them in libraries, you can find them almost anywhere.  The Scriptures are translated for us so that we don’t have to be able to read Hebrew or Greek.  Moreover, these translations come with an abundance of study tools.  Most notable among these are cross references of each verse to related verses and concordances which can list every word found in the Bible and its location.  But these are only the beginnings of our benefits.

Because others have labored before us, the word of God exists in more hearts.  Because others have labored before us, we have examples of ministry that achieves God’s blessing and ministry that does not.  Because others have labored before us, we can build on their knowledge and not have to plow again and again the same furrows.

Most of all, we can be thankful for those who have suffered loss to bring us the word of God.  Think of the persecutions of the prophets and apostles.  Think of the oppression of those who down through the ages since have stood up for God that we might also hear His word.

We must never think that we labor alone, and certainly never feel sorry for ourselves.  We have joined a great army of laborers and soldiers.  We benefit from all that they have been and all that they have done.  We stand on their shoulders and any victories we achieve should be shared with them.  We are part of something much larger than ourselves.

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.

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One Reply to “We Have Entered into Their Labor”

  1. You are absolutely right with everything you wrote above, Mike, because there ‘is so much for which we can be thankful.’

    Reflecting on the past year I would say, indeed, just one year of Love, even though there may be rainy days, is better than a lifetime without Him. What’s standing in front of us is a thousand years and more with Him. Another year that has passed is a reason to be thankful everyday because we are now closer to Heaven.

    Can we feel this calm surrender in our heart that will see us through day by day? Through the good and the bad times the best thing we still got is that we’re safe in His arms no matter what happens.

    What if all our plans were made for Heaven? Diamonds and gold don’t make the perfect life but the Rock who gave up everything for Love to be our shining place.
    From time to time, I wonder what was God thinking when He made man…and I have no answers other than He loved doing it.

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