Scripture has a lot to say about labor as the work then was just as important as it is today. When we speak of work, it’s not just the labor of our responsibilities that we should keep in mind but rather, the labor of our Lord that remains. While we are to focus on the labor of our responsibilities here below whether it’s for our family and other obligations, we cannot forget about the work of God.
Sadly, as scripture alludes to, there are too many here below who do forget about their Heavenly obligations. We should not think of it as an obligation but rather, see it as an opportunity to not just spread God’s kingdom but advance the Kingdom of God. Colossians 3:23-24 instructs us to “And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Whatever we do, it is to be done unto the Lord and as a Christian, this should be our duty. It should be a desire of ours to want to see God’s work completed and His kingdom advanced. However, as scripture tells us different times, the laborers are few thou the work remains: “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;” (Matthew 9:37). God being God, He instructs us to pray that workers are sent: “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38).
Although this work is done for God, God is faithful and He will not forget the things that we do nor will He forget our hearts. He knows what our intentions are and whether or not we are genuine just the same way He knew the hearts of both thieves on each side of Him. Both were deserving of death and hell for all the things they had done but Christ is a forgiving and merciful God and while one thief did not ask for forgiveness, the other did to which Christ forgave. We cannot forget this and while we may become discouraged at times, we must put our hope in Christ and do what are able to: “For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).