The physical work we do may or may not bring a profit. Our labors directed by the Spirit will most certainly yield a benefit. “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
There is an important scripture that explains our natural physical body and subsequent spiritual body. We are born in this natural world, then are raised with Spiritual bodies in the afterlife. Moreover, Adam was the first man created in the natural, then Yeshua Messiah (Hebrew for Jesus Christ) came as the first Spiritual man. “So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 15:45-50)
What ramifications are there in the spiritual realm as a result of the initial natural transaction? How does the natural coming first impact the subsequent spiritual reality? Is the principal of sowing and reaping also relevant between the physical and spiritual? “The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:41-44)
We know that our earthly work will pass away as we pass away, but the spiritual seeds that we sow in this life yield a spiritual harvest in the next life. The greatest buildings and civilizations can not stand against time and the natural elements. However, Spiritual structures are made with spiritual labor which endure eternally? What are these spiritual fabrications, but love, hope, and faith, the evidence of things not seen. “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” (Matt.10:42) Lasting treasure is stored in heaven and gained in this life by following the Lord Yeshua. (Luke 12:31-34) Lord Yeshua, give us wisdom to distinguish between the temporal and eternal; giving ourselves away in this life to gain an eternal place in your Kingdom.