A Labor of Love

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EPH. 4:1-16
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

HEB. 6:10-12
10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

– What does a “win” look like
– How do we know if we’re winning?
– What is our “boss” expecting

1. A Vocation
– “a calling, an invitation”
– not our expertise
– Rom. 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God [are]
without repentance.
– Philippians 3:14 (KJV) 14 I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus.
– 2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV) 9 Who hath saved us, and
called [us] with an holy calling, not according to
our works, but according to his own purpose and
grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before
the world began,

2. Labor of Love
– Hebrews 6:10 (KJV) 10 For God [is] not unrighteous
to forget your work and labour of love, which ye
have shewed toward his name, in that ye have
ministered to the saints, and do minister.
– Do we love what God loves?
– Rekindle Regularly!!!!

3. Rewarded
– God is not unrighteousness to forget
– Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith [it is]
impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to
God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

4. Until
– “Occupy until…”
– Ephesians 4:13 (KJV) 13 Till we all come in the
unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure
of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Serving The Lord is to be a labor of love. Do you love what you do? Are you doing the right things right?

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