God Doesn’t Give “Busy Work”

Most of us have done “busy work”. There is no real value in “busy work”. It is just designed to keep you busy…to sort of waste time in the classroom or in a different setting. The goal is to keep someone busy but there really isn’t a lot that gets accomplished. The work is sort of in vain.

We are going to finish 1 Corinthians 15 this morning with a look at the last verse. Paul ends this incredible section of the Bible with a pronouncement that because of the resurrection, death has no real “sting”. Death has no “victory”. After all, though the follower of Jesus dies physically, he doesn’t die spiritually. The resurrection of Jesus guarantees this. At the end of this section we read this: 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. There is no “busy work” with God. I find this promise to be very encouraging because a lot of the work I do seems to have few visible results. Most sermons seem to bring about little to no change. Often my advice isn’t really taken. Please, I’m not having a pity party here at the computer but the truth is what it is. But the truth is that no labor for the cause of Christ is ever in vain. We never know, myself included, what benefit that labor will have down the road in someone’s life. But the real reason to “labor” in this life is to please God. In God’s eyes, no labor that we do for Him is ever “in vain”. There is no busy work with God. So, if you feel like you are not seeing the payoff for the labor you are doing with God, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Don’t give up. Don’t back off. Keep striving…keep working…keep praying. Nothing you do for God is in vain!



  • Yes, mowing the grass does make a difference and it is very much appreciated by many! I am grateful for your ability and desire to hear God speak to you to encourage you.


  • Dear Eric,

    I know you are not having a pity party about your sermons, but rest assured they DO make a difference! A good friend of mine has recently started attending our church and you are making an impact. His work schedule makes it difficult for him to get there sometimes, but he is hungry for knowledge of the Lord!
    It’s funny you are talking about “busy work”. I was thinking about that just yesterday when I was mowing and weed whacking at the church. For a moment I was thinking “Wow, mowing and making sure every bit of grass looks just right and in 3 or 4 days nobody will even know the difference”. Then I got to thinking that it does make a difference, if for no other reason that it is pleasing to God that I do that work as if I was working for Him. And then other thoughts started about taking the burden off others who have a busy work schedule. Almost immediately I felt ridiculous for that initial thought! It never ceases to amaze me how God can talk to me when I am least expecting it!

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