“‘Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts.” —Haggai 2:4 (NKJV)
“Hey, can you come out and play,” my buddy Mark from down the street
came and asked me early one Saturday morning. “No, I gotta mow the
lawn,” I told him. “Awe, man! I am SO glad I’m not you. I hate mowing
the lawn,” Mark said. I told him I liked it and he replied with, “You’re
Maybe I am weird. But I like work. I like the smell of gas, oil, and
exhaust. I felt privileged to use my dad’s lawn mower and gas-powered
weed eater. I loved the way the yard looked when the grass had that
manicured look by the fence and around the trees. I was proud when I
took my dad outside and showed him how I mowed perfectly geometric lines
across the yard. He was pleased with my work. That meant everything to
me. He always gave me a few bucks to spend afterward. That was a great
What my friend didn’t know was that I didn’t get to see my dad very
often. My parents were divorced and my dad’s job moved him 1,000 miles
away. Since I lived without a father, I was excited to be with him in
his house. And he never hid that he was happy to have me with him. I
didn’t have to mow the grass. I got to mow the grass. The work was all a bonus. It was one the benefits of being with my dad.
Because of your faith in Jesus, you don’t have to work to get God to accept
you. But God has work He wants to share with you—a gospel project. He
has a role made specifically for you and tasks to move His project
forward. This is work you get to do.
God’s Spirit is at work in you as you do His work. Sometimes the
beginning of the work is small and seemingly insignificant, but a bigger
job is around the corner. According to the Parable of the Talents in
Matthew 25:14–30, there’s a place God wants to promote you to. Be
faithful, do the work well, and watch how God uses you in the future.
Your participation in the work now holds a place of greater
responsibility for you in the future. That’s both a hope and a promise.