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Enter Their Labor

“Also, from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a very large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the bronze utensils.” (1 Chr 18:8)

David was never meant to build the temple – that would be Solomon’s job.  And yet, that didn’t stop him from being the man who supported the man who would build the greatest structure in the history of humanity by gathering the building materials.

Faithful workers do the task that needs to be done, not just the tasks they want to do.  Do what you can for the kingdom – there is no shortage of jobs, just a shortage of workers.

For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows, and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor." (Jhn 4:38)

All of us enter the labor that others have already started.  Most Christians aren’t there at the beginning of a local church, nor are we likely there when that local church’s life ends… we each join the work somewhere along the journey.

It doesn’t have to be your idea for you to support it.  If you see good work being done, find a way to strengthen and lift up the hands of those already at work.  Remember the story of Moses holding up his arms while the battle raged in the valley below? (See Exodus 17:8-16 for a refresher!)

It was Moses’ arms which had to be raised, and Joshua led the army in the battle below, but Aaron and Hur held Moses’ hands up when they grew heavy.  We forget about Aaron and Hur, but they were just as necessary as Moses and Joshua that day.  Their strength made that victory possible.

So maybe you aren’t the idea person or the one to get work started – who cares?  Be like David and help prepare the way for others.  Or be like Aaron and Hur and lend your strength to those holding the load.

Find the workers and then join them.

“…from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:16)