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Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:07:23 +1300
I HAVE LABORED in VAIN
-by David Wilkerson.

Would it shock you to know that Jesus experienced the feeling of 
having accomplished little?

In Isaiah 49:4 we read these words: "Then I said, I have labored in 
vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain". Note that 
these are not the words of Isaiah, who was called by God at a 
mature age. No, they are Christ's own words, spoken by One 
"called from the womb; from the body of my mother. The Lord 
formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again 
to him, (and to gather Israel)" (49:1, 5).

When I came upon this passage, one that I'd read many times 
before, my heart was in wonder. I could hardly believe what I was 
reading. Jesus' words here about "laboring in vain" were a response 
to the Father who had just declared, "Thou art my servant in whom 
I will be glorified" (49:3). We read Jesus' surprising response in the 
next verse: "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for 
nought" (49:4).

After reading this, I stood to my feet in my study and said, "How 
wonderful. I can hardly believe that Christ was this vulnerable, 
confessing to the Father that he was experiencing what we humans 
face. In his humanity, he tasted the same discouragement, the 
same despondency, the same woundedness. He was having the 
same thoughts I've had about my own life: "This isn't what I 
perceived was promised. I wasted my strength. It has all been in 
vain."

Reading those words made me love Jesus all the more. I realized 
Hebrews 4:15 is not just a cliche - our Savior truly is touched with 
the feelings of our infirmities, and was tempted in all ways as we 
are, yet without sin. He'd known this very same temptation from 
Satan, hearing the same accusing voice: "Your mission is not 
accomplished. Your life has been a failure. You've got nothing to 
show for all your labors."

Christ came into the world to fulfill the will of God by reviving Israel. 
And he did just as he was commanded. But Israel rejected him: 
"He came unto his own, and his own received him not" (John 1:11).

Why would Jesus, or any man or woman of God, speak such 
despairing words as these: "I have labored in vain"? How could the 
Son of God make such a statement? And why have generations 
of faithful believers been reduced to such despondent words? It is 
all the result of measuring little results against high expectations.

You may think, "This message sounds like it applies just to 
ministers, or to those called to do some great work for God. I can 
see it being meant for missionaries or the Bible prophets. But what 
does it have to do with me?" The truth is, we're all called to one 
grand, common purpose, and to one ministry: that is, to be like 
Jesus. We are called to grow in his likeness, to be changed into 
his express image.

SOURCE- http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com

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