Are you laboring in vain?


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
(Psalms 127:1 (NIV))

Based on this passage and the events transpiring in this world, have we kicked the Lord out and tried to do things on our own?

I know that there are still many people who profess a faith and who long for His righteousness to prevail, but is this what we can expect based on the parable of the wheat and the weeds.

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'”
(Matthew 13:24-30 (NIV))

As the weeds mature, we know that they will do all within their power to blot out the wheat. They will do all within their power to destroy whatever the Lord builds.

What do we do?

We still need to share the good news of Jesus. We still need to tell the world that they need to abandon hope in the weeds that only destroy what is good. We still need to praise the Lord for all that He has done, all that He is doing, and all that we know that He will do, for we know that the ultimate victory belongs to the Lord. We must remember that the Lord is building His Kingdom and as His plan unfolds, nothing will stop it. The only thing that we must decide is whether we are building against the Lord or laboring for Him.

Are you laboring in vain?

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