Joy in our Fruit (Jacob 5:71)

In Jacob 5, we read of the Allegory of the Olive Tree. It is a comparison between the scattering and gathering of Israel and an olive vineyard. I won’t go into the details of this story here. You can read it if you would like: Jacob 5.

This verse stood out to me today:

“And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. For behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come.” – Jacob 7:71

When we labor with our might, we will have joy in the fruit that we lay up.

This, I believe, is a true principle – not only when it comes to serving other people, as the laboreres int he vineyard do, but it is a true principle regarding nearly anything we create. If we labor with our might in our profession, we will have joy in the fruit of that work. We can exchange this with other ways we labor, too – our children, our callings, our time, talents, gifts, or blessings.

Of course, this has to be done for good. I don’t know that we’ll find much joy in our labor if we are laboring in sin. But when we consecrate our labor to the Lord and building His Kingdom, then we have joy in our creations and successes.

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