2014-09-02 - Labor Day Devotional
Originally Published 2009-09-08
The first Monday of September is celebrated in the US as Labor Day. Originally in 1882, it was a holiday especially for unionized workers. But now it is both a tribute in honor of the hard work done by people in various positions, year-round - as well as a day of fellowship for families and friends who take a break from their everyday labors.
Today, we at CF Devotionals Ministry would like to say thank you to everyone for all your hard labor, and we hope that as many of you as possible have been having a relaxing day of rest and / or recreation. We also urge everyone to keep in prayer all those who are searching for work, but unable to find any. Additionally, we should all say a prayer of thanks for those such as air traffic controllers, police officers and medical professionals who work, serve us and make our world safer - on holidays, weekends and during other times when the rest of us are taking it easy.
Now, we will see a few examples of what the Bible has to say about work. As always these examples are not meant to be exhaustive. All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB). If we are able, we are all expected to work - whether in the home or elsewhere, whether for pay or as a volunteer.
And we are to look at it as a blessing.
Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NASB) ....Moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor--it is the gift of God.
We should always keep in mind our True Boss, though we should also respect those whom God gives us as bosses.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.
And we aren't to expect or accept a "free ride"," getting "something for nothing." As able, we should all do our part, and earn the benefits we reap. In fact, the Apostle Paul even said basically (for those who are able), no work means no food! (See v. 10.)
2 Thessalonians 3:7-10 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we (eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.
Some final poignant words of instruction:
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.