by Pastor Mark Jordan
Happy Labor Day! This is a day when we think about the nature of work, as well as take a day of rest. Rest is a very important gift to us from God, and He even commands it, and invites us into it, throughout the Bible. On days like today, though, I do not want to overlook those who work so others can rest. May God add His strength and protection to our military, first responders, medical teams, hospitality, retail professionals, and others who work so others can rest.
God designed humans to work. It is a way for us to exercise our creativity, contribute to the world, as well as add and find value to and with others. No matter how it is you make your living, God wants you to do it all as though you are working for Him; after all, you are (see Colossians 3:23).
Let’s take a peek at the first time in Scripture when God gave someone a job to do; it was Adam during creation. “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. (Genesis 2:19-20, NIV)” God wanted Adam to exercise his own creativity, and contribute mightily to how we all would experience the world. God would soon rest, and command Adam to rest, too, in order to rest and reflect over the work done.
I hope you have an opportunity to do just that today — rest and reflect. Your rest enables you to recharge your physical, spiritual, and emotional batteries. Your reflection helps you think about what you’ve done, what you have to do, and consider ways to do it all for God. Be creative. Contribute. The world needs what God made you to do. So on this day of rest, make the most of it, and get ready to show the world what you’re made of!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for making me special, unique, and with a task to do for you. Help me to exercise my creativity, contribute to the world, as well as find and add value to life. I ask this in the name of your son, and my savior, Jesus. Amen.