Monday, September 5, 2011

Enduring Labor - September 5, 2011

John 6:27(New King James Version)
27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

John 6:27(New International Version)
27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

Today many people throughout the country celebrated Labor Day, a day set aside to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. This day was originally set aside to commemorate organized labor in our country, and first became a federal holiday in 1894. I applaud our recognition of the work that men and women have done to make us a more prosperous counrty, and what they have done to make the American workplace one of the safest in the world.

While it is good to recognize this holiday, we need to always remember that it was God who first created us to work, and made it a part of the human condition. It was He that commanded that "9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God."(Exodus 20:9-10a), meaning that our work was to be a blessing, but in turn we were to remember God as the provider of that work.

Jesus took it one step further, recognizing the work we do to provide for ourselves, but He set it aside as secondary and fleeting for the greater work we were to do, that is to tell other about the saving grace and mercy of Christ. Our true efforts at work need to always have God in mind, but at the same time be performed as a witness to His goodness. Our examples at work are to be such that others will recognize that we are different. Our witness is to bring glory to God in all we do, and to draw others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

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