The Labor is the Reward

By Jon Bell Salem First Baptist Church in Salem, Illinois

A young lady who became a believer
A young lady who became a believer
What makes something rewarding? Is it return from our labor or is it getting to do the labor? Our Lord asked for His disciples to pray for laborers to be sent out into His harvest. Then He commissioned His disciples to go out into His harvest (Matthew 9:35 – 10:42). The harvest, nor the return of our work is ours. It belongs to the Lord. The work and the labor is ours, but it is for the Creator and God of the universe. It is incredibly rewarding to get to work for God, and He gives us opportunities. He asks for us to pray for those opportunities, and then He sends us to work.

The school where we worked
The school where we worked
While I get opportunities to work for the Lord every day, it is special when God sends me away from my comfort zone and surrounds me with what He is doing. Getting to work for the Lord in Haiti was one of those opportunities. Our team of five went to the One Mission Society compound in Cap Haitien, Haiti, from Salem First Baptist Church in Salem, Illinois. We came from the sending church of missionary Brett Bundy. The team laid a tile floor to create a safe science lab, tore down a roof so that more levels can be added, dug a drainage system to limit flooding, and made rebar footings for the extra levels of the school. It was HARD work, but incredibly rewarding. The school currently has around 180 students with many on a waiting list. Each student gets a good education, but more importantly, they also get the lifesaving news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is good work to help lay a foundation for the Gospel to flourish, but most rewarding to witness Him reap some of His harvest.

Salem Team
The team: Emil Nattier (leader), Jared Robinson, Frank Harris, Vernon Wieldel and Jon Bell
We went into a remote village with the solar powered Radio 4VEH and digital Bible radio sand shared the Gospel. We witnessed three people come to know Jesus as their Savior! Two others recommitted their lives to the Lord! This was by far the most rewarding labor.

I would like to encourage everyone to pray to the Lord of the Harvest. Listen when He calls you, and work for Him. He may not send you to Haiti or another area where His harvest is abundant, but praise God if He does. He may send you next door, to downtown U.S.A., to your place of employment, or to your family. Wherever He sends you, rejoice that you are getting to work for the One and Only God of the Universe. The labor is the reward.