2011-09-06 - Passages About
In the US today, many are celebrating Labor Day, ironically with a well-earned
day off. (Some other countries celebrate at other times.) In honor of everyone
who works hard to care for their family and others and honor God both
now and in the past and future this devotional presents some of what
the Bible has to say about what our work ethic should be. Unless otherwise
stated, all passages are from the New American Standard Bible, © 1995.
In 1909, there was an additoinal holiday called "Labor Sunday," wherein focus
would be on spiritual issues related to work. Of course, that would never
fly today; it wouldn't be "politically correct."
Proverbs 21:25 Despite their desires, the lazy will come
to ruin, for their hands refuse to work. (New Living Translation)
Col 3:23-24 (I chose verse 23 for my college
graduation announcements): Whatever you do, do your work
heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord
you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom
2 Thessalonians 3:10, from the Apostle Paul: 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.
Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 Go then, eat your bread in happiness
and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your
works. 8 Let your clothes be white all the time, and let
not oil be lacking on your head. 9 Enjoy life with the woman
whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you
under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which
you have labored under the sun.