Who Are You Working For?

Labor Day. Most of us view it as the “three day weekend for no reason,” right? Or the last “holiday” of the summer before everyone gets back into the groove of school and business.

Most kids know they are out of school and many businesses get an extra day off, but do you know where it came from?

Labor Day actually began in the late 1800s as the trade unions and labor movements began to grow. A day was decided to be set aside to “celebrate labor”.

Oregon was the first state to make it an official public holiday and by 1894, it was an official national holiday in thirty states. So, how does this relate to our faith?

Colossians 3:23 says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

Today you might have a day off, but what if tomorrow you went back to work as if you were working for the Lord?

If Jesus was your boss would you approach your job differently?

If Jesus was your coach would you play a little harder?

If Jesus was your teacher would you study a little bit more?

If Jesus was your parent would you clean your room? (That was for my kids)

On this Labor Day, yes, let us celebrate the workers of our great country, but let us also remember that in everything we do, no matter where we work, we are working for the Lord. That gives us reason to celebrate! 

Jeff Maness
I am a follower of Jesus first, husband to a beautiful wife, father to four amazing children, lead pastor of Element Church in Cheyenne, WY, and blogger of all things life.

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