Laboring for Eternal Things
"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed." (John 6:27)
Jesus discourages over much work for things that maintain this physical life and material blessing. Let this labor be diverted to maintain spiritual development. You see how riches are failing. The Capitalistic world is changing into a Socialistic society. Jesus knew that the world revolts against Capitalism. Jesus never believed in riches. Of course He worked hard as a carpenter to maintain His home after His father died.
Work for your bread; but work hard -labor- for eternal things. These eternal things cannot come from any one else, but Him whom God the Father hath sealed. These words must come from the bleeding heart that loved humanity - from the head which bled for mankind - from Him who lived that Word. When the time came to die, He did not hesitate to die the most shameful and disgraceful death.
It is no wonder the great prerogative of giving the living bread to men was given to Him. Jesus put into action every Word He spoke. When we see Jesus, we see the eternal Word of God in flesh and blood. That Word never suffered defeat in His life. By union with the Spirit of God, He lived out His speeches and wrote them in blood for us. His heart was broken. Then He gave up His Spirit. Then His physical form was torn by a careless blow of a soldier. He wrote His messages in tears of blood and the blood of death. He clung to the truth, the eternal truth, in life and death.
When His message comes through the authority of the Cross, through the authority of the defeated grave, when it comes from Him, who understands human nature to the utmost, it comes with living force. No wonder He said, "Eat My flesh and drink My blood." It is a mystic statement. His nervous reactions, the very cells of His body fulfilled the Word of God. No wonder He said, "Eat My flesh and drink My blood, and labour to do so."
Work to earn a living. But work harder to get the higher life. No one can carry the authority that Jesus carried. By living the Word, we also get this authority and become the mouthpieces of God. Work for your bread, but work harder to get this Word into your life till your character becomes the Living Word.