Labor and Strength

imageColossians 1:28-29
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Notice two words in the last verse, labor and working. The interesting thing is not the meaning of the first, but of the second. Labor here means, as you might expect, hard work. Working means efficiency, energy, and super human power.

Upon reading it, as a comic fan, the character of Green Lantern came to mind. If you’re not familiar, he has a battery, a lantern, that powers his ring. He does super human things, as long as he’s charged, or connected to the power source.

In Paul’s case, the task was instructing the Church. Christ was anointing Paul to teach, as well as anointing Paul’s teaching. The Apostle may get weary, but all he had to do, was to connect to the source of His strength.

God gave him both the words to speak, and the power to say them. Did Paul get weary, yes. Did he get tired, of course. When he did, he would draw strength to complete the journey.

The same is true of us. Last Wednesday, had been a hard day. I needed a mental reboot before our service began. A weary soul, a few fleeting moments with The Master in prayer. It was all I had time for, but it was exactly what I needed.

Please don’t misunderstand, I strongly believe and practice regular prayer. In this instance though, I had a very real need, and a very short interval. God met me where I was, answered my prayer, and I was able to give my all in that service.

He will do for us what He did for the Apostle. Anything that we are anointed to complete, God will strengthen us to finish. Some days we get weary, and sadly we worry, but we shouldn’t. Our labor for Him, will never be in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58
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.

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