Today is Labor Day – a national holiday dedicated in 1894 to honor the men, women and children who served as the industrial foundation of our nation.
Many of us have the day off and will celebrate with parades and picnics. In the midst of our festivities, let’s set aside some time to ponder the meaning of work and rest. Paul wrote in Ephesians: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
I propose that we consider how well we are working unto Him. Think about these verses:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Are you serving Christ with all your heart at your place of work?
Another one – Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Are you serving the church with your gifts?
And the men did the work faithfully. This describes those who were working to repair the house of the Lord during the reign of Josiah.
Are you serving your employer, staff, or clients faithfully?
God created us to work for our good and the benefit of others. He also commanded a day of rest, calling it holy. This planned cycle of working and resting was God’s design – and ultimately brings Him glory.
But many people struggle with this cycle because they’re carrying a heavy burden of debt. It may be hard to find joy in your work – and rest – when you’re dealing with this kind of stress. But our partners at Christian Credit Counselors want to help. They can help you pay off your credit cards the right way. Get in touch with them by visiting crown.org/ccc