Monday, January 26, 2009

Fruitless labor

What do you spend the most time doing? Think about your average day. Don't count the hours you spend sleeping, but give a rough estimate of how much time you devote to your daily activities. For instance, you may go to school or work for 8 hours, spend about 1.5 hours eating, maybe a few hours of television...and tomorrow will probably look similar. I'm not sure about you, but when I think about that, it makes me a little sad- the monotony of life can be pretty depressing. It seems like we do all this work just to get to the next day, and do the work it holds...only to have another one come. This goes on and on.

"You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it." Haggai 1: 6

Looking at life as a "To Do" list can be pretty hopeless. It becomes a never ending string of events and tasks that you never seem to be able to catch up with. God sheds some light on to this feeling through the prophet Haggai. God tells us that we don't reap the benefits of our labor because our labor is for us, and not for God. God is using Haggai to encourage the people to abandon their selfish ways and rebuild the temple. Haggai's argument is that the people will only find satisfaction by serving the God that sustains them.

Are you feeling dissatisfied? Do you feel that you're only working to get past this day and knowing that tomorrow will come with new tasks? Read Haggai- a short book toward the end of the Old Testament. After you read it, begin looking at each task as a way to serve God. Be a representative of Christ in all that you say and do. See if that doesn't make a difference in how you look at the work you do.

1 comment:

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