Labor Day has always struck me as a strange name for a holiday. On New Year’s Day, we start a new year…. on Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks….on Labor Day, however, we do everything except labor.
In 1894 both Canada and the U.S. set aside the first Monday in September as a federal holiday. Since then there have been countless parades, speeches, and picnics have honored men and women who work hard in factories, fields, and offices all year long.
While thinking this morning about work and Labor Day I was reminded of a message our pastor did recently called “The Cross and The Christians Work.” In his message he said that work was in the character of God, that God delights in work and has designed our work by His grace, for our good, and for His glory.
Genesis 1:26-30 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Genesis 2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
Work is a mark of human dignity, we are stewards of creation, and developers of culture. Work has also been marred by human depravity. Though work was designed to be fulfilling, purposeful, and selfless, it is often frustrating, pointless, and becomes selfish. Often we either overvalue work, thinking that it provides ultimate meaning, or we undervalue work, thinking that it has little to no meaning. However you may feel about your work today, we should still always worship God wholeheartedly through excellence, integrity, and respect in our work.
Christ’s work has secured our salvation, freeing us to rest in His work as the only superior work.
Christ’s work has secured our satisfaction, freeing us from the idolatry of work.
Christ’s work has secured our significance, freeing us from idleness in work.
Be encouraged this Labor Day as we think about the principle of work. One day we hopefully soon we will be in heaven where everyone and everything will work perfectly. But while on this earth lets work hard to adorn the gospel of God and work strategically to advance the mission of God.
If you are a Christian who wants to live an extraordinary, gospel centered, faith filled, fruit bearing life in your workplace than join our pastor David Platt, Greg Gilbert and others at “The Gospel At Work” conference at The Church at Brook Hills. You can register by clicking on the above link.