June 15, 2011

Not In Vain

Opening your home.
Initiating conversations.
Being an outsider.
Learning a culture.
Meeting the neighbors.
Hosting a playgroup.
Meeting for coffee.
Sharing the gospel.
Raising support.
Being disappointed when someone leaves.
Praying for your husband.
Creating the website.
Making a meal.
Setting up chairs.
Leading a ministry.
Encouraging a weary husband.
Consoling the distraught.
Carrying the burden.
Discipling a young woman.
Going to church alone.
Asking questions.
Remembering their name.
Making the bulletin.
Celebrating with others.
Praying for the church.
Serving the community.
Meeting new people.

It's the work of the church planter's wife.
And when it's done in the name of the Lord, it is not in vain. My favorite verses tell me so:

"Therefore (because He gives us the victory), my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58)

"For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister." (Hebrews 6:10)

He sees and is pleased with you.