What is your fruitful labor? If you are employed, you might think first of your job: teaching, seeing patients, helping students, serving customers, solving problems, creating, overseeing, and completing projects. If you are a student, you think about learning, studying, doing research, writing papers, taking tests.
But fruitful labor is not measured by a paycheck, the number or projects completed, or test scores. At least, not according to the apostle Paul. For him, productive work is helping his friends in the church in Philippi continue to grow and to find joy in their faith. Paul was not paid for his missionary work. He was a tentmaker by trade.
Every day, all of us have the opportunity to do or say something that will bear fruit. Think about the past week or the last few days. When you reflect, you will remember a kind word of thoughtful action that helped, supported, or comforted someone.
Perhaps you supported the Mobile Meal this afternoon. You brought food or will help distribute the meals. Maybe you made a donation to the hunger offering. Or you volunteer at We Care. Perhaps you said a kind, understanding word to a frustrated person in line at Walmart. Or you pray every day for the people on Trinity’s prayer list.
On Saturday, October 4, 8 a.m.-noon, the Martin Area Ministerial Association is sponsoring a Community Service Day. The goal is for volunteers from the Martin area churches to work together serving individuals and organizations in our community. Most of the jobs involve working on flower beds at places such as the Weldon Library, Martin Health Care, Wesleyan Apartments, Greenbrier, and Martin Elementary School. Other jobs involve washing windows and painting.
Even if you can only work for a couple of hours, your helping hands are needed. If you would like to be a part of this work day, sign up on the bulletin board. Enjoy doing some fruitful labor for our neighbors.
If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.
[L]ive your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel. — Philippians 1:22a, 27