We are appointed to be diligent laborers in the “vineyards” of the Lord. In Matthew 20 – KJV, we read about ungrateful laborers and how the householder dealt with their dispositions. In Matthew 21 – KJV, beginning at verse 28, we read about the man and his two sons. One son informed that he would not work in his father’s vineyard. Afterward, he repented and went to labor there. The second son agreed to work in the vineyard but was a no show. The first son did the will of his father.

Sometimes we reach spiritual, mental and physical postures where we grow weary. We have our seasons, too, when we don’t feel sufficiently appreciated. The Bible, though, empowers us with this verse in 1 Corinthians 15:58 – KJV, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Glory to God, too, that we’re comforted by a favorite verse of many folks. That is the deeply reassuring Matthew 11:28 from the King James Bible, which says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Weary times are relieved by love, hope, faith, knowledge, strength and encouragement available for us to partake of in plentiful dosages. Truly, God rewards us according to our labor and, most especially, the attitudes in which we labor. Choices to be loving, diligent and grateful go a long way in our day to day engagements and necessary tasks.

Particularly, I salute the many godly spiritual laborers who put in long hours and their energies to spread love and gospel truths. Their efforts and actions aren’t always sufficiently appreciated. Regardless, the Lord observes everything and provides us with fitting love and aids. Truly, we all reap what we sow. 2 Corinthians 9:6 – KJV, “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”

We need more laborers to represent kingdom ways. Our Lord is exceedingly able to prepare and to subsequently send forth more ready people to adeptly demonstrate the precepts of the gospel. Luke 10:2 – KJV, “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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