Today, the first Monday of September, is what has been designated in the United States as Labor Day. It has been set aside to honor the daily worker who devotes his time and energy to his job at hand. This is a holiday during which most people are off work to spend time with family and friends. It denotes the rest of the year the workers are faithful to their task regardless of what the conditions of the worksite are.
In fact, this is a day that honors Capitalism. As Americans, we believe that our time is valuable and that what salary we receive is because of our own efforts, not by a grant from the government. Capitalism is at the heart of American success. In the same way that we are all workers together earning a living, 2 Corinthians 6 :1 declares we are also workers together with God. Those who know him as their Father because of salvation through Jesus, are instruments of his plan.
Look to the rest of that chapter for the job description of a Christian working together with God: because we give no offense to anyone so the ministry will not be blamed, we must perform our efforts pleasing to the Lord.
- Approving ourselves as ministers of God in patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in turmoil, in labors, in watchings, in fastings
- By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by love unfeigned
- By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
- By honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers and yet true, as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing, as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things
Quoting these verses, is an inspiration to me and I hope to you also. Mainly the theme they are telling us is that whatever happens becomes incidental to God’s payday. Our labors cost us time and energy on our earthly jobs. More so, as co-laborers with God, it may cost us even more, but blessings and rewards await us. Then let us all be faithful laborers to God’s honor. Someday we will be able to sing in his presence, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus.”