PUT YOUR HANDS TO WORK
I remember a sermon of Pastor Alyn E. Waller, Sr. Pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, on Sunday April 18th. In that moving sermon, he posed a question. When we return to church after quarantine, what are we coming back to? He talked about when the church is able to assemble again in the sanctuary. Will people come back to the same thing they recall in their 1 ½ hour services? Or, will they return to use their gifts to win souls for Christ? Will they use their hearts and hands to do the work of the Kingdom? He preached about different gifts in the body: some evangelists, teachers, servants and workers. The thrust of his message was to put your hearts and hands to work. We are now in August and I still remember that April sermon. We need workers now. God is calling His people to step out on faith, use the gifts that He has given, and to touch other’s lives. Ecclesiastes 9:10 is our scripture lesson today.
“Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom…”
The writer speaks of living a life that is pleasing unto God. He says that death will come to all people. The rain will come to the just and the unjust. We all suffer in one way or another. While we are living, use your hands to do God’s work. Whatever you do, do it well. Do not be lazy or do things halfheartedly. Do your best and do not allow troubles to stop you from doing the work the Master has assigned to your hands. You will receive your reward, when you carry out your assignment and hear the Master say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.