Work worth the Press

“You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.” I Thessalonians 2:9

Work worth the Press

Living in a world that is ecstatically espoused to a heavy emphasis on technology to achieve goals faster with little effort, many of us would be hard-pressed to resonate with hard, labor-intensive, tedious, thought-provoking…work. I mean we are constantly pressed to buy appliances and gadgets that can fully-bake a 16-pound turkey in 30 minutes; or chop a heap of vegetables in 60 seconds; or get rid of our wrinkles in 20 minutes even though we continue to age.

Yet it is true that labor-intensive work, whether it is technological or not, that involves pressing to master the work usually results in more than just getting the job done in record-speed! For the text helps us to see that a standard of integrity and devotion to take the time to press and work hard was worth it to achieve the glorious work of spreading the gospel—and it still is.

There is a clarion call for workers across the land, and the Body of Christ is empowered by the gospel to thrive as we labor and toil in various sectors of vocation, of our community, and in our struggle against societal inequities that are world-wide. But we must trust God, pray, and prepare daily for the press—it’s still worth it.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes

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