“Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the LORD watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain.” Psalm 127:1

Work was part of God’s original plan for men and women.  From the beginning, He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden to “work it and watch over it.”  (Gen 2:15)  We were created to be productive.  Work was not part of the “curse.”

However, when sin entered the picture, our aspirations and search for fulfillment became distorted.  We began to see labor as a way to get what we want rather than a way of life that enables us to enjoy His plan.  Rather than viewing life as a gift from God and an invitation to be part of God’s plan, sin has caused us to view life as a commodity to be consumed and spent on self.

This has even affected our view of salvation.  We see salvation as something to be earned and worked for.  We think, “if I want it bad enough, I’ll just intensify my efforts, work harder, be more religious, and get it.”  This was precisely the argument that the Apostle Paul dealt with in Eph 2:8-10.

For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s giftnot from works, so that no one can boast.  For we are His creation-created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”  Eph 2:8-10

The “building” of a life is the Lords business.  Life is a gift from God.  We are not to labor for this gift but rather labor to enjoy the gift.  “Fishers of men” understand this vital truth and see their role as “gift dispensers.”  We are to offer this gift to all, knowing it was completely paid for and provided by the Lord Jesus.  It’s not something that can be earned or deserved.

To labor without the gift from God is to labor in vain. Go out today with the message that there is a gift to be received, not worked for.

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