Labors of Love

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

—Hebrews 6:10

We have already established that we have every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus, and now the author of Hebrews says God is “not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name.”

The word forget is a very long Greek word, epilanthanomai (ep-ee-lan-than’- om-ahee), which means “to lose track of” or “to neglect.” This means it would be unjust for God to ask us to do great things and then lose track of us or neglect us while we seek to do them. This is a providential promise that God is in all we do for His name’s sake and glory.

This is important because it reminds us that when we are in the desert and do not feel God’s presence, we must still do what we are called to do. Imagine if we went to work or school only when we felt like it. Similarly, we don’t serve God because we feel like it; we serve God because He is worthy of it. God is with you, and He will not leave you hanging when you step out in His name, no matter how you feel. That would be unjust, and God is not unjust. It would be a conflict of character to be both holy and unjust, so God cannot be unjust. It is not even remotely possible.

I have often told our church that we overcomplicate things far too often, and I have often exhorted them, “If you want to do something for God, then do something for God.” He’s not unjust; He won’t lose track of you or neglect you. As a secondary blessing, labors of love toward His name are often the cure for dry seasons. In the feelings department, nothing feels better to the saint. When we do these labors of love, we experience the wonderful flood of emotions and feelings that come from bringing Him glory. God is not unjust in the dry times. He is there, and we are secure in Him.

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