Not Painful Toil

Ecclesiastes 1:8

 8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has   enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill   of hearing. 

After Adam and Eve committed sin, the Lord told Adam in Genesis 3:17, 17“Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.”

Christians are not idle. We are expected to find something useful with our hands not only for sustenance but also to share with those who are in need. Hard work yields much better returns than laxity. Many people work hard and take vacation. Frequent travels abroad just to visit scenic places prove that “The eye never has enough of seeing.”  Traveling half way around the globe could be tiring. And, instead of having needed rest during vacation, travelers endure exhaustion more than tiredness they have from their job. This is not to disregard tragic incidents happened to unfortunate travelers.

It says in Proverbs 10:22, 22The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it. It’s a blessing to find rest in Christ by putting His teaching into practice. How can we find rest in Christ while taking vacation? The Lord may have given you desire to travel abroad not just for adventure but also to be spiritually sensitive. How? Pray for mission opportunities and spiritual openness in places you visit. Christ commanded us in Matthew 6:20, 20Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.

Traveling can be a time to earn eternal treasures, too. Testify about Christ to people you meet who maybe curious about your faith. The more treasure you have on earth, the more frequent vacation you may take or the better retirement lifestyle you may have. Similarly, treasure in heaven is significant to our heavenly life. Just as earthly treasure may affect social status, would eternal treasure affect spiritual status?

Lord Jesus, help me find rest in You and earn eternal treasure, too.

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