Today is Labor Day. It’s the day we recognize “the achievements of the American workers” according the Department of Labor. Yet do we really appreciate the idea of work? Some would rather not work and some really do enjoy what they do for a living. However you look at it, work is ordained by God.
In Genesis 1, we see God model this for us. He created the world and all its contents. For six days he designed and brought to life the earth we stand on including the firmament and the waters. And since we are created in His image, we should have the same heart about work as He did. In Genesis 2:15, it says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” From the beginning, he designed us to work.
Work does have purpose. The main one being to provide means for a living. Since little is free, money must be made to provide for our basic needs: food, home, clothes, etc. Working hard also gives us a sense of accomplishment of doing a job well. “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs 13:4) Plus, we are called to work unto the Lord. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)
Whether our work generates a paycheck or not, all work it is to be done with joy, diligence and in service to the Lord. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) Moms even we are called to the same obedience. We may not get a paycheck but our duties are still work before the eyes of God. “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23) Our profit is not in cash but in the satisfaction of taking care of what God has put under our care: our family, marriage, home, etc.
Today let’s remind ourselves that work is a part of how we were created in His image. It is a good component of our being. And work well done unto the glory of God will be a blessing to us. “You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” (Psalm 128:2)
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