My father was a child of the Great Depression. Times were so hard he had to drop out of school in the fifth grade. His father was deceased and he had to go to work in order to help his family survive. His early years were spent looking for jobs here and there. A depression-era parting phrase became a permanent fixture in his vocabulary. Whenever one of us three boys would leave the house for a period of time, with a smile on his face our father would say, “Write if you find work!” It was my dad’s way of reminding us that if we should find something ‘good’, we needed to share it with friends and family.
Like my dad’s experience of diligently looking for work, there is an account in the Gospel of John of another diligent seeker. A man named Phillip, like so many of his people, was searching for the ultimate ‘Good’. For centuries, the Jews had looked expectantly for the promised Messiah, the Savior. Phillip found Him! He found Jesus. Then, “Phillip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth.’” After a skeptical remark by Nathanael, “Phillip said, ‘Come and see’” (John 1:45-46). He then took Nathanael to meet Jesus, and both of them became disciples of Jesus.
Although my dad was a deeply moral man and a loving Father, he was not a Christian. One evening, I came home from a church service and said to my mother and dad, “I have found Him! have found Jesus!” I had truly found something so good that I couldn’t help sharing it. My mother and dad both shared my excitement. They soon gave their hearts to Jesus, and we grew up together in a household of faith.
I not only found Jesus, I also found ‘work’. For the 60+ years since, I have been a co-laborer with Jesus. My job assignment: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). I have received Paul’s instructions to Timothy as my own, “Be diligent to present yourself approved of God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
The work I’m writing to you about is the best job a person could ever have. The Bible says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. And he who win souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). God’s word also says, “Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).
Parting words: I am writing because I have Him and I have found work. Will you join me as a co-laborer with Christ? “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37).
~ Brother Roy