Today is a day designated for honoring the achievements of America’s workers. Many people are hosting or attending cookouts while taking advantage of the day off from their labor. Like many Americans, I am off from work and currently writing this article for our blog. I was thinking about the word labor and remembered labor is mentioned several times in the Holy Bible.
The word labor is defined in the dictionary as work especially hard physical work or to work hard; make a great effort, and to have difficulty in doing something despite working hard.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58
If we are taking our relationship with Jesus seriously, we aren’t just sitting around being idle. We are sharing the good news of the Gospel, seeking to be of help to someone in need, or practicing what James called pure religion in James 1:27 – Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Laboring in the vineyard can be difficult if not discouraging at times. But let’s pray for one another so that we can remain steadfast (intentional), immovable (persevering), and always abounding (moving around) in the work of the Lord. We must be like Jesus and work while it is still day because when night comes, no one can work (John 9:4)
The work of the Lord is described in what’s known as the great commission in Matthew 28:18-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
People in America’s workforce are honored on Labor Day. Laborers for the Lord will also be honored when we hear:
‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’Matthew 25:21
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The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.