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Abounding In His Work

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Abounding In His Work
by Derrick Berry

In First Corinthians 15:58 the apostle Paul states, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

We all know that we will never get anything accomplished if we do not work to achieve that which we wish to accomplish. We brethren go to work to provide for our families. If we didn't work we could not be a provider. This is also true when it comes to the Lord's kingdom (church). How can we get anything accomplished if we do not work? Jesus is not here with us personally; therefore it is up to us as his children to carry on his work. That's right. Jesus relies on us to do his work. And now I ask a question. Are we failing in this department? Are we as children of God failing when it comes to doing the work of our Lord? Are we those who just stand idle and let and watch others do the work for us? Or do we try and put forth the proper effort that we need to succeed in accomplishing this task that is set before us? Yes, I said task. The Lord expects Bible children to work in his kingdom. Jesus says in John 4:9, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day, the night cometh, when no man can work." Don't forget about the man who received the one talent and did not work for his master and was cast into outer darkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth because he was an unprofitable servant. This is found in Matthew 25. How can we be abounding in the work of our Lord?

Even though there are numerous things we can do for the kingdom of Christ (church), we will just touch on a few. First of all I feel if we want to be abounding in our Master's work we must first look to our Master and see how he himself worked for his as well as our Heavenly Father. Lk 19:10 Jesus says "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Jesus died a cruel and humiliating death, why? Because he loved us that much so that we (everyone) through him could have eternal life. Jesus' work was to seek and save the lost. As long as there is time, there will always be lost souls, it is up to us, members of the body of Christ to do as Christ did, to reach as many people as we can, while we can. This can be done in many ways such as, inviting people to church, going door to door talking to people and scheduling Bible studies, handing out flyers and literature about Christ and his kingdom. We should have a great concern for lost souls as Christ did. My wife was led to Christ with an invitation to church by a seven year old girl. We never know how we can reach someone, but if we don't try, we will reach no one.

Again as we turn to the works of Christ we find that he was full of love and compassion and taught his disciples to always be loving, compassionate to one another, bearing one another's burdens, helping those in need. I Thessalonians 3:12 says, "And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you." We not only can love and help our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ but how about loving and helping our fellow man that may be in our community? We might in some way help someone in need of food, or clothing, we could visit with those who are ill and shut-in, by doing any of these things we are abounding in the Lord's work. Sisters in the church could get together and make fruit baskets or something of this nature to send to someone in the hospital or nursing homes, or to a widow in the community. This is just an idea. Also, congregations could sign cards and send to those sick or ill or just lonesome. Even though this may seem like a small thing, you are being profitable in the Lord's kingdom.

 

Another way that we can abound in the work of the Lord is for parents to raise up Godly generations of children. Well, how can this be a work of the Lord? Because this is how the Church (or kingdom) prospers. If you are a parent, teaching and training your children to love and serve God is a great ministry within itself. This should be a parent's number one priority, the souls of their children. God places a huge responsibility upon moms and dads in rearing their children. God even gives us instructions on how to raise them. When parents fail in their training it hurts the church. The church is losing a lot of its young people because of lack of training by the parents. It is our sole responsibility to do everything that we can to train and mold our children to be strong members of the body of Christ. This is how the church grows, this is how the church prospers. Raising our children to love and serve God and seeing them walk down the aisle and obey the gospel is certainly a great work in the Lord's kingdom, so that they will teach and train their children and the kingdom of Christ will continue to prosper. It is said that the true test of a man's Christianity is his children's children. These are just a few ways that we can try to do better in abounding in the work of the Lord. There are so many ways in which abounding in the Lord's work can be accomplished. I leave you with this thought, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him" (Col. 3:17).

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