I was impressed today in reading Romans 16:12, about three little-known biblical women who were commended for their hard work. The verse says: “Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.”
In my Bible, I underlined the phrase: “…work hard in the Lord.”
It tells us two things: 1. Church work is hard work. 2. It is not work for the Lord but work in the Lord.
The preposition is important. We’re to do our work in the presence, in the power, in the purposes, and in the momentum the Lord Himself provides. Our own strength is nothing but weakness; but His strength is made perfect in weakness. So we simply trust in Him, plunge into task, work hard in the Lord, and trust Him to give the increase.