Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to those who contribute to the social and economic success of a nation. It also serves to honor the fundamental dignity of all workers.
For many people, labor (i.e., work) exists as a necessary evil and a means to an end. We work for money. Yet, the perspective God mean for us to have of work goes far beyond this basic view.
The history and development of labor around the world actually involves Christianity to a great extent. Scripture helps us not only understand this involvement but also to helps us see how God wants us to view work.
What Does the Bible Say About Work?
- Hard work helps supply basic needs. (Proverbs 28:19)
- All work should be done as though for God. (Ephesians 6:5-9)
- Our work for God is never wasted. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
- Hard work is honored by God. (Genesis 31:38-42)
- Hard work brings rewards. (Proverbs 12:14)
- We should use our skills, which are from God, to honor God. (Exodus 36:1)
Not only do these scriptures help us see the heart of God regarding work, but they also can change our attitudes about the work He gives us to do. As our attitudes change and our hearts align with His, the positive impact of our lives as servants increases. Knowing that God’s view of work goes well beyond simply a way for our basic needs to be met should transform our approach to work.
Reflecting on Your Labor
Consider how you can apply these verses to your work. The following questions can help you with this.
- Are you working only to obtain what is temporary, or does what you work for also hold eternal value?
- Are you being faithful where God has placed you, even if the terrain is rough and rocky?
- What are your goals and priorities regarding work?
- How is your time management (i.e., stewardship of your time)?
- Are you following godly principles with your work responsibilities? Your coworkers? Your employer? Your choice of occupation?
- What goals can you set regarding your work and career?
- How does your work ethic and attitude reflect to non-Christians how God views work? How are you representing Him?
Consider where you can take small steps today to transform your work into worship.