Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
What if God had a Fitbit tracker? We have a variety of devices that tracks how many steps we take each day, what our heart rate is, how many times a week we exercise and how much water we drink. What if we could see how many things we have done in a day, week or month for the sake of Jesus? Maybe it could count unselfish acts, things done to serve others or tell of God’s great name, times that we prayed, read the Bible or memorized Scripture. Just as a Fitbit encourages me to take 10,000 steps each day and exercise even when I don’t feel like it, perhaps a God-bit tracker would encourage me to be less about myself and more about engaging in Kingdom business until Jesus returns.
1 Corinthians 15:58 tells us that if this is our lifestyle, one of abounding in the work of the Lord, it is not in vain. The reward is better than winning a Fitbit challenge. What takes place for us in the Millennial kingdom depends on what we do here. Consider the parable of the talents in Luke 19. To refresh the story, a nobleman went away and left money with ten of his servants. He said, “Engage in business until I come.” Then the master came back and met with the servants to see what they had done while he was gone. The ones who doubled their money were rewarded by being put in charge of cities in his kingdom. The master had the one who buried his money give it to the others. In Matthew 25:30 it adds that the worthless servant was cast into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Not a good outcome.
Jesus is that nobleman and He has gone away to receive for Himself a kingdom. When He returns, He will meet with us to see what we have done with what talents and assets that He has given to us. There will be reward for those who have been diligent and punishment for those who don’t.
We may not see the results of our labor in the Lord. You might be diligently obeying God, doing your best to do what He has put in your heart to do. You may be kind and loving, quick to give to anyone in need when you can. And then you might think it’s not going to amount to much of anything for the Master. Take heart! Keep serving! Galatians 6:7-9 tells us, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap…Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Psalm 126:6 promises, “He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shout of joy, bring his sheaves with him.”
Do not be quick to pass up an opportunity to help others or to serve the Lord. Pray about it so you don’t wear out with too much activity and then go do something. It might just be purposing to do one act of kindness a day in Jesus’ name. Do not give up. It is not in vain.
How many points does your God-bit have?