by Heather Tietz
And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Childbearing is labor. It is one of those things in life where the pain actually produces something wonderful. The results of pregnancy far exceed any work involved. Perhaps that is why so many women choose childbearing to be a part of their life. A nuzzling, clinging, warm embrace has no rival. Little else gives warmth to a spirit like the adoration of a little human.
ALL our work on earth births something. Your everyday labor has a product too. Your hands, your mind, they are making more than additions to the world’s trash pile. You are birthing intangible goods– justice perhaps, safety, cleanliness, health, wisdom, education, peace.
How does your muscle power, your brain power benefit society? How does it raise up righteousness? How does it please God? Our labor every day is not just a means to pay bills, it’s a service to others, it’s a service to God, caring for the world in whatever way our job is scripted. Because of that, God is ultimately our Boss. We are using the skills He’s built into our lives to serve Him.
We are always under the watch of the Big Man in charge. When no one else notices our timeliness, our attention to detail, the extra effort we give, the grace we extend, God does. He sees what intangible goods our work produces. His pleasure is the ultimate reward. Strive for Him to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”