On Labor Day we celebrate the hard work of the people of our nation. It is a day set aside to pay tribute to the contributions made by all American workers to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. It’s about labor, not leisure. It’s about what people do, not who they are.
Labor is God Ordained
Labor is a good thing. Man was created to work. It was part of God’s plan from the beginning of time, when He breathed life into Adam and put Him in the Garden to tend it (Gen 2:7-8, 15). And why was Adam to tend the Garden? We can probably name lots of reasons, but I would suggest that it was a way in which he would reflect an attribute of God. God is both creative and productive. In six days, God created the world and all that is in it. Adam was to reflect God by tending the Garden and by stewarding that which God had given Him.
Stewarding is another word that describes our work as a response to God. The verb form of the word steward means to keep order, to manage or look after another’s property. That’s exactly the work Adam was given. And that’s exactly what we do as an ambassador of Christ, and also as in life, whether it be in the workplace, the home or leisure activities.
Is Our Concept of Work Wrong?
Because we receive financial compensation from our jobs, do we have a wrong perception of what it means to work? Is there a difference in working for man and laboring for God? There shouldn’t be. According to the apostle Paul, the same principle should apply to all forms of productive labor and even to all activities of leisure.
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. It really is about who governs our lives in both our labor and our leisure. " (Col 3:23-24)