Not in Vain

Let’s be honest. There are days that just make us wonder if anything we are doing is making a difference. Whether it’s at work, home, or even church, we just get weighed down by the day to day activities of life at times. You may find yourself wondering if you are making any kind of impact because you are so overwhelmed.

First of all, let me remind you that we have an enemy whose mission is to discourage and destroy us. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” It is not just exhaustion or frustration speaking when you feel so defeated; Satan is constantly conspiring to discourage you as God’s child.

Secondly, life at times feels like a cycle of sameness as we eat, work, return home to cook, eat, clean, wash, sleep, and start all over again the next day. In Ecclesiastes 1:2 Solomon says, “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless. What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?” I am fairly certain that Solomon understood how we feel with the daily repetition, overwhelmed feelings, and pessimistic attitude that strikes occasionally.

Our focus is often an earthly perspective of simply getting things done which allows the devil to attack our thoughts and feelings. Instead, we need a heavenly perspective. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.” The key is to do each task as if you are doing it for God. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” This means we should be faithful to the Lord, not compromising our beliefs, and eagerly serving God because our work does matter.

So when life gets monotonous, keep a heavenly perspective rather than an earthly perspective. Whether at home, work, or the in-between, do it for Him not for others. Do it with a Christ-like attitude. Do it with your eyes on heaven. Do it in a way that brings glory to the God of the universe. Then even on those days when it all feels meaningless, know in your heart and soul that it will truly never be meaningless.

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