Labor of Love

Love: to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in

If you ask yourself what you love, what are some things you have a strong liking for, or find great pleasure in? Here are just a few that came to my mind, but you can add your own:

  • work

  • travel

  • sports

  • hobbies

  • reading

  • writing

  • family

  • food

  • relaxation

  • fellowship

There is nothing wrong with anything listed above but let us view them from a different perspective.

The Bible says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.” Matthew 6:21 AMP

Paul said, “Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me].”  1 Corinthians 6:12 AMP

We can love the things on our list, but as we labor it is important to keep things in proper perspective. You and I know that we can become overwhelmed, over-dedicated and over-driven about the things we love.

Jesus said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37 AMP

So, when we keep Jesus at the forefront of our heart and mind, He will help us keep everything in proper order and perspective.

“Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 CEB

The benefit of serving and loving God is that He helps us to live in harmony and balance with His will and His Word!

Enjoy all that you love while you live for Him!

Irene Valenzuela