September 1, 2017
As we celebrate Labor Day, I am reminded of the high premium the Bible places upon the value of work. The word “work,” itself, alone with its derivatives, occurs over seven hundred times in the Bible. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:25). God himself is not exempt from labor. “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working,” (John 5:17).
We’re living in a day when employers are having difficulty in finding people who are willing to work. Apathy, and poor attitudes about work are commonplace. Many church leaders are discouraged because of the lack of people who are willing to get involved in the ministry of the congregation.
May we all examine our spiritual work ethic. Are we doing our best? Are we working for Jesus while we can work? Are we doing our work with a glad heart as unto God? What often has been referred to as “the Protestant Work Ethic,” could best be described as “The Biblical Work Ethic.” Do you do everything in the name of Jesus?
“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is still day; the night is coming when no one can work,” (John 9:4).
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” (Eph. 6:7).
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)
“One machine can now do the work of one hundred ordinary men, but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”……Albert Schweitzer