Kids are going back to school, pools are about to close, and the long stretch of the summer is winding down. Labor Day is the final three-day weekend before fall festivities kick into gear!
What Is This Holiday Really All About?
What began as a day for labor unions to organize, has since turned into gathering around picnic tables and enjoying the last breaths of summer air. While you are enjoying this relaxing three-day weekend, how can you honor the spirit of the holiday? What does the Bible have to say about labor? Are there ways we can honor labor through loving God?
What Does The Bible Say?
Jesus tells us that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37). In this section in Matthew, Jesus is looking out among the multitudes of people to whom he had ministered. He noticed they were like sheep without a shepherd, and encouraged his disciples to pray for laborers to be sent into harvest (v38). We can see that Jesus values labor, and wants us to participate in the harvest. Has God prepared you to work in a field, to help reach the lost sheep?
The Apostle Paul reminded the Thessalonians that he was able to work for the bread that he ate (2 Thessalonians 3:8-10). He didn’t want to take advantage of anyone’s charity or hospitality, so he worked for what he had been given, and encouraged them to do likewise. For those of us able to work, we can be grateful for the opportunities we are given, and the profit it affords us.
While we can be grateful for the opportunities we have today, we never know what tomorrow may bring. James reminds us that we are here only for a little while (James 4:13-15). When James heard people were planning to work for a while, save up, then move to another town, he warned them of the uncertainty of the future. This lesson is applicable to all of us today as we celebrate labor day, and are grateful for the opportunities we have to work, we should be cautious about preparing for tomorrow, when we aren’t even guaranteed the rest of the day. Make today count. Give thanks for what you have, and give where the Lord leads you to give while you still have time.
Remember Your Blessings.
As you rest and relax this Labor Day, take some time to consider how fortunate you are to enjoy the values and benefits that come from having a job. If you are in the midst of seeking a job, consider how fortunate you are to be willing and able to work. How can you use the time and resources you have to honor God more? What are you currently doing to honor God through your labor?
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
I began my career with Mardel in 2006, while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. While I love to write fiction and convey stories through novels, I also have a passion for studying philosophy, theology, and apologetics. I enjoy the faith-building resources available at Mardel, and look forward to sharing what new topics and information I’m learning.