The Joy Of Personal Work

J. D. Conley
August 13, 2017

I love preaching! I would be unhappy doing anything else. To be offered a position,in a corporation that would net me six figures a year would be a huge step down for me. I love everything about my vocation, which involves working with the best people on earth, the study required, the preparation and delivery of sermons. Nothing brings me more joy than preaching with the exception of one thing, and that is personal work. By personal work I mean conducting Bible studies with those out of Christ. Teaching the lost on a one on one basis gives me a deep sense of satisfaction and self worth. I just wish more would be open to studying God's Word and obeying the Gospel. I also wish more brothers and sisters in Christ desired to do more personal work. One of the main reasons the church is not growing is because so few are engaged in personal work. May we see that there is no greater joy than teaching God’s Word. Notice the following three points about this joy.

This Joy Is Genuine. If you've done some personal work you know from experience that this is true. Teaching the lost is the most loving, thoughtful, unselfish thing we can do, therefore it cannot help but result in genuine joy! Like Paul, we can be "helpers of joy," (2Cor.1:24). Not only will we bring joy to others, but it will be heaped upon ourselves for doing what we know is required, (Mk. 16:15). Once we begin teaching others we will hate to see the study draw to a close and we will look forward to the next one!

This Joy Can Be Missed. And it is being missed! So many Christians are robbing themselves of this joy by choosing not to teach others. No wonder the faith of so many is small No wonder the church is not growing. No wonder why so many members of the church are not as happy as they could be. What the Lord said about those then, can be said today, and i.e., "The love of many [has] waxed cold," (Mt.24:12). John wrote, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous" (1 In.5:3). God knows what is best for us. He knows what will bring us real joy, and it's not not doing personal work.

This Joy Can Be Yours. Doing what pleases God in turn pleases you. But this joy will never be yours as long as you neglect to teach others. Use the materials that are provided. Get involved in personal work. It’s not an option it’s a command. A command that brings us joy when obeyed. "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me" (Is.6:8).