Think back on your life, what have you accomplished? Have you accomplished work for the Lord, or for yourself. Understanding the fallen state of man I know we have all done much for our own will and desires. But do not look back and worry about your mistakes of the past, repent of those things, know the Lord will forgive, and fix your focus on Jesus moving forward to the future work He has for you.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Think about the work that you have done for the Lord. They are not little things, they are the things that truly matter. One act accomplished for the Lord is Great! The work you do for the kingdom of God and the will of Jesus Christ will last for all eternity. Maybe you have achieved much for the Lord, maybe little, either way, know that what you have done for Jesus has not been in vain. It has eternal value.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. Colossians 3:23-25
Do not look back and be in sorrow because you have not seen a harvest, do not feel your work has not been appreciated, or you have not seen results. God promises to use each and everything you have done for the Lord for good.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Your labor is not in vain, your work for the Lord is of great importance! Keep it up, and don’t worry about the visible harvest. One day in heaven every person you have touched will be revealed to you. The Lord is working with you always and will not let one word spoken or written for Him drop to the ground without His purpose being accomplished!
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
You will one day put off this mortal shell and this wearisome life, fighting against the flesh, sin, wickedness, and work you do for the Lord. But it will be worth it all!
So many, so many are affected by what you say and the message of hope you share. You don’t even know the ripple effect of a single drop left by the Gospel of Jesus Christ that can reach the shores of a foreign nation and the power that goes with it can save a multitude of souls.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
The effect in eternity far outweighs what you suffer here. So keep trusting the Lord in all your ways, keep striving to follow and obey Him day by day and moment by moment. The Lord holds the future and your life. The eternity of others may just hinge upon one work of obedience to the call to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your work is never in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:52-58
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.