W-O-R-K is one four-letter word that is misconstrued. In our self-centered generation, we seek personal pleasure and comfort over labor. We are easily led to believe that work is a bad thing, that occupations are merely jobs to provide for our families; drudgery and grumbling are the norm, that fulfillment is for the few clinging to the highest lung on the ladder.
Adam anticipated each sunrise for the opportunity to work in the Garden of Eden. He filled his assigned role as grounds-keeper and took delight in picking the perfect names for all animals in his midst. Problems arose soon after in a moment of leisure; he yielded to his help-pate Eve’s influence. Adam ate of the forbidden fruit and God cursed the ground Adam walked on. Work would require sweat of the brow and back breaking labor.
We are God’s adopted children. Christ Jesus’ sacrificial death lifted our curse. He bore it for each of us on Calvary. We can have productive lives as men and women, fulfilling our God given tasks. Husbands are able to give an honest day’s work for a day’s pay and know they are caring for those they love to the best of their ability. Women can find guidance in balancing jobs they trained for and the most influential role of wife and mother. Stay at home moms can take pride in their prestigious role. Work can be wonderful!
Labor Day is our perfect opportunity to re-evaluate our work-a-day lives. “We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me (Colossians 1:28-29 HCS).” Paul took his work seriously. He looked for spiritual growth in those he influenced for Christ. He worked without wearing himself to a frazzle, relying on the supernatural strength of the Lord. He could truly say, Happy Labor Day!