Points to Ponder: Why Do I Even Try?

Points to Ponder
Why Do I Even Try?
by Pastor Dennis Whitmore

Do you ever feel like your efforts are unappreciated, or even unfruitful? Maybe you're in an unfulfilling job, or you're a parent of a rebellious teen, or you're a student studying hard in classes you feel you'll never use in real life. It's frustrating at times to pour yourself into something and come away feeling that it seemed to make little or no difference.
It takes me about 20 hours per week to produce a 20-minute sermon. After hours of hard study, writing and rewriting my notes, and praying for the best way to convey the message, I come before a congregation to deliver it. Some are not there. Others are present, but still "not there." Some folks are distracted with worries or their plans for the day. And I will occasionally make mistakes that hinder some from grasping the point. Many will listen and follow in their Bibles. But in a manner of days, or even hours, even a "great sermon" is largely forgotten.
There are many important things each of us is engaged in with all of our hearts. And even these times when we've received plaques and applause for our work, it will soon be forgotten. Sound depressing? Well, it depends. For who are you doing what you do?
In Colossians 3:23-24, we are reminded of who's the boss: "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Jesus Christ."
Be encouraged in knowing that long after the world has forgotten (or never noticed) your dedicated efforts, the Lord's memory of it never fades. Don't use the world's scale to weigh the value of your efforts, "knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord..." (Ephesians 6:8)

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