Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

What Do You Labor For?
Anonymous - Nov. 2, 2014
Devotional

What Do You Labor For? “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” - John 6:27 No matter how many people I meet and get to talk to, one thing that everyone has in common is that we are all working for something. Some are working for that corner office with the big desk while others are working on doing as little as possible. No matter what it is you are working for, if it is of this world, it will perish. There is one work that every person is called to do; a work for which the fruits will endure to everlasting life. This work is to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and in return, He will give you the gift of everlasting life in relationship with Him. In the world today, success and happiness are exceedingly measured by your social status or the sheer volume of pleasures that you can consume on a regular basis. It is easy to look at these things and say that these are foods which perish. What is more difficult is to look at the things that we deem as necessities and identifying them as belonging in the same category. Things like a car, internet, a steady job, or food. All of these things will perish. Not all works in this life will perish. The chief of these works is actually not a work at all; it is a gift that is freely given. This gift was given to us by God and was in fact the life of His own Son. Jesus Christ lived the perfect life, the perfect life that God has called every person to live; yet all have failed. This world then rejected Jesus to the point that He willingly died on the cross by our hands. In doing this, Jesus accepted the punishment for our sins while also giving us the reward for the perfect life that He lived. While this gift is freely given, a response to this gift is required to receive it. Whenever a person is faced with these facts, a response is not only required, but is always given. Some respond in faith, some respond in disbelief, and some respond in silence. For those that respond in faith and obedience, an everlasting life in relationship with God is your reward which endures to everlasting life.