by Craig Heidenreich
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We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:3).
You have probably heard the wry comment that ‘Jesus is coming back soon – look busy!’
It is so easy to drift towards being like Martha in our labours and lose sight of the one we love. We can easily get absorbed in all the tasks and lose our joy.
Recently I have been reflecting on the call we have to ‘go into all the world and make disciples’ – and how I sometimes respond by getting on with the ‘task’ as if it is up to me somehow.
How much better it is when I ‘see Jesus’ in my place of labour and ‘do it, as unto him’.
When labour is prompted by love, it is a radically different way to live. So much so that the Thessalonian Christians who found this secret became famous for it.
Lord Jesus, help me see you in my labours today – to see you in the ordinary, ‘least of these’ moments of my day. Help me to ‘lose my life, so that I might find it’ and be marked by joy. Amen.
Craig enjoys making friends with people from other countries and trying to learn a few words of greeting in their languages. He says it’s fun to see the joy on a person’s face when they hear their mother tongue. When he has some spare time, he’s happy renovating the home he and his wife recently purchased in Kapunda, South Australia.