Honoring the Laborers

Laborers are the backbone to any endeavor. The type does not matter. Businesses and the Lord’s church needs laborers.

One day of the year our country honors all the working men and women who have made this country what it is. Putting in their “forty hours” has allowed this country to accomplish some tremendous feats.

In the Lord’s kingdom there are laborers who need honoring also. Hebrews chapter 11 contains many of them; think about Abel, Noah, Abraham, David and so many more. There are laborers in the New Testament also. There is Peter, James and John who were very active and influential when the church first began. What about Luke who wrote a good portion of the New Testament as well as traveling with Paul and being an assistant to him that is beyond measure.

When the Lord sent out the seventy “to every city and place where He Himself was going,” He told them “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:1-2; also see Matthew 9:37, 38). When Jesus was at the well in Samaria after talking to the Samaritan woman, He told His disciples, “Do not say, ‘there are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, life up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” (John 4:37). Jesus knew there were many people who needed to be saved but there were not enough laborers to reach all of these people.

While talking to His disciples at the well, He told them, “One sows, and another reaps.” Some laborers are going to go reap where they did not plant while others are going to join these reapers in the harvesting of the crops (John 4:37, 38). Paul expressed the same thought to the Corinthians when he said, “I planted, Apollos water, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6).

We are no different today. God still needs laborers. He needs people who are willing to work in His kingdom and in various ways. Each member of the kingdom can do something to help the church grow not only numerically but spiritually as well.

While we can bestow honor upon our fellow citizens who have labored to make the many wonderful things in this country, the Lord is going to one day honor those who have labored in His kingdom. One day He will say to His faithful, “Well done!” Can you imagine the parade of laborers who will be entering heaven at that time? Mediating on this will motivate us as we are living God’s way.