Monday, September 04, 2006

Labor Day

This Labor Day it is good to remember that "work" is not a four letter work! Yes, I know that technically speaking the word "work" has four letters, but still there is nothing wrong with work in itself; we were made to work to the glory of God. Work only became a problem when human beings rebelled against God and came under his curse; a curse which makes life on earth difficult and our labor frustrating and wearisome.

Many today do not understand this. They spend time and money trying to escape work. The good life is one in which others work for you while you enjoy the best of what the world has to offer. Governments which are addicted to gambling revenues try to lure gullible people into their trap by promising them enough money, if they win the big one, that they will never have to work again. This is portrayed as the ultimate jackpot. The windfall that makes life really worth living!

But nothing could be further from the truth. We don't need to escape from work, we need to have our work redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to know his grace and renovation of our lives so that we become part of what he is doing in this world. For the Christian, everything is to be done for the glory of God. This transforms the playing field faster than a casino jackpot. It means that nothing we do is insignificant. Every task is an opportunity for us to extend the Lordship of Christ into every area of human endeavor.

Here is something to think about the next time you feel like a human hamster on the wheel of life. "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58).

2 comments:

JLF said...

Prof. Wellum,

I was originally going to comment on the fact that you use American spelling to describe a Canadian holiday, but the post was good enough to make me forget about the spelling... almost. ;-)

Your comments here on work are quite timely and helpful. Augustine pointed out that the pleasures of sin are nothing other than false imitations of true pleasures which can be found only in God.

This case is no different.

Isn't it interesting how hard people are willing to work, what they're willing to risk, or to give up, just for the hope of rest (ie escaping work)? Isn't it wonderful, then, that Jesus is the believer's Sabbath! He is our true rest from all our works--in him is fullness of restoration, peace, life, and joy! He is the true object of all our desires, whether we see it or not. What a glorious mystery!

Kirk M. Wellum said...

Ah, Julian... the difference a "u" can make! But whether it's "labor" or "labour" I do agree with your comments about the rest of God that is found in the Lord Jesus Christ! How wonderful to find that his words of invitation are true when he said: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light".