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Your Work Will Not Be in Vain

October 19, 2018

“When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” 2 Samuel 7:12-13

There had only been one king before David, and Saul’s house was not established. Everything Saul lived for died with him. So David wants to know, “What will happen when I am gone? Am I going to be another Saul? What will come of all my effort and all my work? Will anything that I do have lasting value?”

That surely is the great question for all of us. What will come of your life? What will remain after you are gone? After all the effort we expend, will anything that we do have lasting value, or will all our work be like sandcastles that are washed away when the tide comes in?

God has a marvelous answer for this question. “David, your work will not be in vain!” When you serve the Lord, what you do will have enduring value.

The apostle Paul says, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19). If all that you work for and all that you do ends when you die, you are in the most miserable position. But God says, “That’s not how it will be for you, David. What you do will have lasting value.” And that is God’s promise to us in Jesus Christ.

Have you ever wondered whether what you do will have lasting value? Rest in God’s promise that your labor in the Lord will not be in vain (1 Cor. 15:58).


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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