“Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.” Frederick M. Lehman
When we think of the Labor of Love, we must begin with God’s Labor of Love for each and every person who’s ever been or ever will be born. Of course, this would include the not yet born that are aborted every day around the world.
I don’t understand God’s love; I receive it, but I cannot begin to comprehend it. There are many people that I deeply love, for whom I would lay down my life. But, I wouldn’t give one of my children’s lives. God did. He so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son, and when we believe in (fully trust in, rely upon and cling to) Jesus, God forgives us of our sin and gives us eternal life! We freely receive the gift of faith, a repentant heart, and strength to live for our Lord.
After God did this, what did He do? He told us about it. Have you ever studied how the Bible came to us? Many were severely persecuted and even gave up their lives just so we could have it in a language that common people could read, study, and understand. Now we have Bibles in hundreds of languages that tell the story of God’s amazing grace and Labor of Love.
There’s a famous poem by Edgar A. Guest titled “I’d Rather See a Sermon” (than Hear One Any Day). You may know it. I like the words very much. Certainly words alone cannot convey love. Love is an action verb! But it’s sad that many believers think that it is good to serve in the love of Christ with no words.
I once talked with a young man who had spent two weeks digging wells to give clear, clean drinking water to a village in a 3rd world country that didn’t have it – for sure a Labor of Love. I told him how great that was and asked if he had shared the Gospel with anyone. He hadn’t. People received clear, clean drinking water, but no Living Water. Many, including atheists, do good works – labors of love that are in no way connected to the Gospel and love of Christ.
Our Labor of Love cannot be manipulative – “I helped you, so you’re going to listen to the Gospel whether you want to or not!” But, we have to know that because we are in Christ, our Labor of Love is going to open an opportunity to share God’s Words of Love too. Let’s be ready, even eager, to show and speak LOVE!