Working for Someone Else

And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their hear, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.  Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

Zephaniah 1:12-13

There are several passages in the Old Testament that say things similar to this, and I have commented on them before.  But it always strikes me as a terrible thing to see your work being consumed by another.  That is something that is often given as a judgment or a curse.  This verse words it like this:

“…their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.”

What a sad statement!  Their goods are going to become the spoils of another man.  Someone is going to take the things for which they have worked.  They are going to work to build houses, but they will not get to live in those houses.  They are going to plant vineyards, but they are not going to be able to enjoy the fruit of those vineyards.  Everything that they have worked for: their goods, their houses, their jobs and investments, are going to be for naught.  All of their work will have been wasted.  What a sad, sad existence.

Thus is the state of those who reject God.  They work their lives away, only to see all taken from them at the end.  Thus is the state of the Christian who wastes his life pleasing his own flesh.  At the Judgment Seat of Christ, he will see his “life’s work” burned up as wood, hay and stubble.  As the Bible tells us to do, let us “lay up treasures in heaven, where neither moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”  (Matthew 6:20)

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben. Something about this really spoke to me tonight. I’ve felt a little out of sorts today, as I had to keep serving and doing for others and wanted some down time to do something else. God gently spoke to me, “But it’s what you are here for, this serving.” We who believe work for someone else too! He helped me remember and gave me an attitude adjustment. 🙂
    God bless you as you lay up treasure today!

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