From pre-sin Eden to post-sin heaven man will serve the Lord with work. In between these two times we work with a different outcome as the Lord predicted to Adam in Gen.3:18-19, “Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat of it all the days of thy life; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. . .” Our work now is impeded by the effects of man’s sin but there is coming a day when the curse will be lifted ! I recall a pastor friend asking me one time how our church was going and I told him it was a tough but we were forging ahead nonetheless. And he could relate and joked that we could be working at other professions and would be getting grief too so he figured we may as well do something to store up more heavenly rewards !
Until sin’s curse is lifted you can expect some obstacles, disappointment and frustrations along the way. Anyone who has planted a garden knows exactly what I mean. The tomatoes don’t exactly produce like you’d expect, the sweet corn has those nasty worms, etc. A student may work very hard but he gets a B or a C but the mind one day will be unaffected by the ravages of sin !
At the end of the Bible we’re treated to a glimpse of eternity when we’ll be in our glorified bodies as John penned, “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall SERVE Him.” (Rev.22:3) Still working but now totally enjoying it without sin’s impairments to hamper what we do !
But thankfully we do catch a glimpse every now and then of the yield our work will then produce. My wife and I had worked on this lady for a couple of months to get her to church. Yesterday she was out and brought nine others with her (one being a university professor) ! So sometimes our work does produce a bumper crop to encourage us and focus us a little more heavenward.
As you observe Labor Day today, remember you are soon coming to a day when all labor will be deeply satisfying and totally free from the curse. We will know totally what it means to enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done ! In the meantime, keep your nose to the grindstone for the Lord it will be worth it all !!!