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By Brian Price 02/24/2015

What do you labor for?

The Bible says, "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." - Psalms 127

What are you laboring for? The Bible says that you might be building God's house, but unless the LORD is in the picture, you are laboring in vain.

Paul said in Galatians, "I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain." - Gal. 4:11

Some of you need to reevaluate what you are laboring for. What are you laboring for? A paycheck?

If all you are laboring for is a buck, then friend, you are laboring for the wind. The Bible says, "A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked." - Psalms 37:16

Any nominal Christian can say he's better off with the little that he has versus all the big rappers who are lost and on their way to hell with all of their riches.

I'd rather live in a one room apartment with a $3,000 per month paycheck knowing I'm on my way to heaven to be with Jesus as opposed to living in a million dollar mansion and be as lost as a bat in hell.

What do you labor for? You better not be laboring for nothing.

I don't know one person who likes to do work without getting paid. Some places encourage people to get out there and do volunteer work.

Now, I'm not against volunteer work. I know a lot of people who work for the United Service Organization (USO) as volunteers. They don't get paid a dime. But they do it because many of them are retired and don't need the money.

But for most of us, we're not retired. We need to be paid for our labors.

Do you get paid what you're worth? The definition of labor is the services performed by workers for wages. Look, if you don't get paid what you think you are worth, why would you continue working at that dead end job?

Jesus said, "The labourer is worthy of his hire." Are you worthy of your hire?

What kind of job do you do? Are you lazy? Or do you earn your paycheck?

Some of you are only worth minimum wage. You do the minimum amount of work, and you are worth the minimum amount of pay.

Some of you don't even know what you're worth. You work at a dead end job making minimum wage when you could be working for the CEO of a multi-billion dollar business.

I used to invest in Amway. I said I would try it for a year and see where it takes me. If I made it, great, and if not, then at least I can say I gave it a shot. I had a great mentor. The best. We're still good friends to this day.

I had a great team. We all tried to encourage each other to work hard and succeed. But because of the nature of the work, it's very difficult to succeed in that kind of marketing. In fact, one statistic says that over 90% of people who get involved with companies like Amway fail.

So it's a gamble. And I knew that. But sometimes if you want to succeed, you have to take risks. What do you labor for?

Our goal at the time, was to ultimately save up enough money to build a homeless shelter. That was our vision. It never came to pass, but that was our vision.

It's a gamble. Sometimes when you take a chance, you lose. But there's always that possibility that you could strike it big with companies like that. That's kind of how I viewed it.

In the end, I gave it up, because I fell into that 90 percentile. I later understood that my labor was in vain. I did quite a bit of work meeting new people, telling them about my business, and showing them the big picture, all of which ended in failure.

Sometimes we can labor in vain. Not saying that if you invest in a multi-level marketing business, that you are going to fail. In fact, I strongly believe in businesses like Amway. For some people, they can really hit the jackpot and make out like a bandit. For that, I would say it works. But just be sure that you are not getting involved with something that you will ultimately labor in vain for.

Do something that you know will work for you. Get involved with something that you know will pay you.

What do you labor for? Some of you don't labor at all. You let somebody else do it.

Some of you know what I'm talking about. Jesus said, "They bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers."

What do you labor for? You let someone else do the work? Do you sit around while everyone else carries the heavy burden?

What do you labor for? Some of you need to get up out from behind your desks and get involved.

I'll never forget back when I stationed in Germany, I had a Colonel who I'll never forget.

Before he sat down in his office to take the reigns as commander, he did a couple things. First, he walked around the entire squadron, and personally met each person in the squadron. He wrote down their names and something to remember them by.

I'll never forget, he met me one time. But that was all it took. A couple weeks went by, and he saw me in the hallway, and he said, "Hey there Brian! How's your daughter doing?" I was shocked. He remembered not only me, but also my daughter.

The second thing he did, was he went out and worked right beside everyone who did the grunt work. I had never seen a Colonel get outside and push pallets before. It was amazing! He was a great example of a leader. You can be the boss all you want and boss people around. But it takes real character to be a leader.

What do you labor for? Some of you don't work enough. Some of you don't work at all.

Did you know that work is a commandment? God commands us to labour.

The Bible says, "8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 SIX DAYS SHALT THOU LABOUR, and do ALL thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." - Exodus 20

What do you labour for? You know, some of you probably complain about only having two days off per week. Most people with regular jobs work during the week, and have Saturday and Sunday off. That's two days off.

You should be thankful that you get two days off. God commanded that men work 6 days out of the week, and get one day off. By the way, Saturday is the day you are supposed to rest. Not Sunday. If you look at the Jewish calendar in Israel (by the way, I've been to Israel), you'll see that the Jewish people celebrate the Sabbath day on Saturday. That's the day of rest.

What do you labor for? Some of you work too much. Some of you work 7 days a week, when God commands you to work 6. Why do people do that? I can understand working maybe 3 days a week, and having 4 days off to go be with the wife and kids. Maybe go play basketball or go hunting, or something. But come on, some people work 7 days a week, with no days off. None.

Why would you do that? What are you laboring for? Are you laboring just to labor?

If you labor just to labor, then you are missing out on some very special things in life. There's more to life than just work. The Bible says that God rested from his work. If God can rest a day from doing his work, then so can you.

What do you labor for? You labor for yourself?

The Bible says, "There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail."

It goes on to say, "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their LABOUR. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up." (Ecclesiastes 4:8-10)

What do you labor for? I used to have a friend named David Rifenburg. I'll never forget him. I considered him one of my best friends. And it used to irritate me because he didn't work. He always told me as an excuse that he was doing the Lord's work.

So I thought it would be a good idea to help him get a job. So I did. He got a job working at a fast food joint. And he did fairly well.

But after a few months, he quit his job. I said, "David, why did you quit your job?" He replied, "I do the Lord's work."

And he was right. He did do the Lord's work. I remember one time, I was in church. He came up to me, and he said, "Brother Brian. You won't believe what just happened. I was out on the streets soul-winning, and this guy told me that he was going to kill himself. And God put me there just in time to stop him and lead him to Christ. He prayed and asked God to save him."

Friend, there's no better work to do than the Lord's work. What do you labor for? You labor for souls? Or do you labor for yourself?

The Bible says there is one alone, and there is not a second. Yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour. Some people just labor for themselves. What's in it for me? What do I get?

They could care less about other people. What about you? Do you care about other people?

You know I think about my friend David often. He didn't have a single soul to support him as he did the Lord's work. The Lord was his only supporter. I remember he told me that he sometimes would sleep in a car, or sleep in the woods in a tent. Sometimes, he would sleep out in the open on a bench somewhere. But he did the Lord's work.

He didn't have anyone to support him. And that's a shame. The man of God ought to be supported. Some of you know what I'm talking about. You don't like to give to the church. You think you deserve your money. You think you don't have to give to anyone. It's yours. You earned it.

But God said to bring all the tithes into the storehouses. Do you tithe? What do you labor for? Do you help the work of God? Do you support the man of God?

You know some preachers go homeless because they don't have anybody to support them. God is their only supporter. What do you labor for?

Do you labor for Jesus? Do you do his work? Or do you just sit at home, watching TV, or playing video games?

What do you labor for? Some of you are laboring for the wrong thing.

The gospel of John chapter 6 says, "27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."

Some of you are laboring for the wrong thing. Jesus said to labor for that food that endures unto everlasting life. He was talking about faith here. He was saying that some of you need to quit working your way to heaven and just believe in Jesus. Too many people think that their good works, or their labours, will earn them eternal life. But that's not the case.

Jesus said to believe on him whom God has sent. They asked him, "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus replied, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."

And finally, some of you need to realize that your labor is not in vain.

The Bible says, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." - 1 Corinthians 15:58

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