Welcome to Labor Day. It’s a day of relaxation and celebration in which we honor the contributions that workers make. It’s a day where most of us get to kick back, take it a little easier, and enjoy the declining days of summer.
The Bible is full of thoughts, wisdom, and guidance about work. It’s very first page starts out describing the work God set upon in creating the universe. God created us His image and as the ultimate “Worker” he has designed us to experience fulfillment and reward through Godly labor. Our works are intendedd, not to gain us entry into Heaven, but rather to provide a means to experience satisfaction, the fruits of which can help us to glorify our Maker and contribute to the lives of others.
Here are just a few verses that provide some insights into the subject of work…
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”