At the end of the allegory of the olive tree, the Lord of the vineyard implements a massive plan to recover his olive trees. He and his servant, who have been working alone, recruit more people to help with the work (Jacob 5:61).
As he instructs the new recruits, the Lord of the vineyard makes a promise: “If ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit” (Jacob 5:71). They do work hard, and together, they achieve their collective goal: All of the fruit in the vineyard is good. None of the trees are corrupt. The Lord of the vineyard recognizes their efforts and then reiterates his promise: “Ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard” (Jacob 5:75).
When we do God’s work, we experience joy. As we serve, and as we recruit other people to serve with us, we invite that joy into our lives and into theirs.
Today, I will find joy in doing the work of the Lord. I will recruit others to participate in that work, so that they can also have that joy.
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