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Labor vs. Results

July 21, 2011

It’s easy to get discouraged when we are unable to obtain the result that we desire.

We live in a culture where we are both evaluated and rewarded by the outcome.  The result is what matters, not the work that was put into it.  In church and ministry this can often be discouraging, because we don’t have control of the result.  It’s out of our hands.  We do our part and the rest is up to God.  So when God is blessing the ministry next door and ours seems to be struggling discouragement becomes an understatement.

That’s when it’s important to remember what we are evaluated on.  God does not evaluate us based on the result.

1 Corinthians 3:8 says, “The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.”

The key part of this verse is the last phrase.  They are rewarded based on their labor.  That’s contradictory to what is ingrained in our culture.  The verse before acknowledges God is in control of the outcome, our job is to just do the work.

In order to avoid discouragement we need to remember that we have a singular purpose: to do the work.

It’s not always easy to remember, but it’s the perspective we need to have.  So don’t get caught up on the things you can’t control.  Just do what you can.

The rest is up to Him.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Risa permalink
    July 21, 2011 2:21 PM

    Good reminder in every area of life! Thanks, Dan!

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