Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.Ephesians 4:28 NIV
It’s Labor Sunday. As we prepare to celebrate Labor Day in the United States, it’s wise to note that the Bible has a lot to say on the subject of work. There is profit in work. Work leads to provision. Paul even says that a man who won’t work shouldn’t eat. This verse in Ephesians is important because it gives us a look into the heart of God. The purpose of work is not to meet my needs, though God often chooses to meet my needs by giving me work to do. The motive in work is to have enough to be a blessing to others. That is so God!
Today, I thank God for all the folks who do the work that makes our country run. Because of their productivity, the average person in the U.S. has the privilege of living better than at any time in the history of the world. Find someone who works and thank them for their contribution. If you have a job, take a moment to thank God for it. Thank Him for the ability to work and for the people around you who know the value of labor. Take just a moment to meditate on the dignity that comes from being a producer, not just a consumer.