Labor in vain

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Labor in vain

1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Vain means not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless: a vain attempt. Lacking substance or worth: vain talk: having no real value: marked by futility or ineffectualness.

What are you building? Are you building a family, career, business, Church?

Unless the Lord builds your family, career, business and Church, it is in vain. Human effort is empty and worthless. We are totally dependent on God to build. Without such a total reliance upon Him, all of our efforts and activities are doomed to failure. What is the key to total reliance upon God?

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it will remain a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. If anyone loves his life he will lose it. While if anyone hates his life in this world he will keep it in eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me and where I am there my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:23-26

Think about this: You are more productive in death to self. You are the most fruitful when you get out of the way and die to self. You are an unproductive single seed until you die to self. True production and true fulfillment come when you serve and recognize Jesus Christ as Lord. When you come under HIS authority and rule, you can call HIM Abba Daddy. You have stepped down as king and HE has become Lord.

When you die to self your labor becomes productive.

When you die to your rights, your ownership, your title, your position, your pride, your desires, your cravings, and your boasting, you are able to better hear your Father’s voice and listen for HIS instruction. He wants you to produce many seeds. HE is the God of abundance and production.


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