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Labor Day offers us a moment to pause and reflect on the importance of work, not just as a means to make a living, but also as a calling. The Bible teaches that work is not a curse but rather a means through which we can participate in God's creation. In the book of Genesis, Adam is given the responsibility to work the garden and take care of it (Genesis 2:15). This demonstrates that from the very beginning, God intended for human beings to be active participants in the world, stewarding the resources He has given us. Work, in this biblical context, is more than just a job: it's a calling and an opportunity to serve both God and mankind.
As we enjoy the rest that Labor Day affords us, it's also an opportunity to express gratitude for having the ability and opportunity to work. Work is not just about earning a paycheck: it's also a form of worship, a way to utilize the talents and skills God has given us to make a positive impact on the world. Colossians 3:23-24 reminds us, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." This scripture underscores the idea that our work, performed with integrity and diligence, is a form of service to God.
While enjoying the rest and recreation that come with Labor Day, it's also essential to take a moment to offer thanks for the jobs we have. In a world where many are unemployed or underemployed, having a job is a blessing that should not be taken for granted. As we rest on this day, let's also remember to pray for those who are in search of work and to be thankful for the divine calling that work represents in our lives. This dual focus on work and rest aligns closely with biblical principles, enriching our understanding and appreciation of both.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, September 4, 2023 @ 9:30 AM MDT
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