Here we are again in September. By the time you read this, you may have already celebrated Labor Day weekend. For many of us, it is a time of travel, back yard BBQs, family and friends or perhaps a weekend dedicated to putting our feet up and doing absolutely nothing. However, the idea of relaxation may be lost on any whose September is a frenzied time of last-minute back to school preparations. Whatever the case may be, I pray your Labor Day weekend was a time to relax a little and ponder the blessings in your life.
Labor Day was designed to honor the labor movement but has evolved into a sort of holiday for the working man. Of course, one wonders, if those who have never worked a day in their life should be allowed to enjoy a day to celebrate the working man. However, if we focus on the labor movement commemoration, then actually working is not really required.
As I pondered this holiday, I thought of all of the work that has been done in our church body by so many over the last year. We have had sales, celebration of life services, hosted community workshops and round tables, parenting workshops, our annual Taste of SLCC, women’s devotional dinners, men’s breakfasts, the Safe harbor conference for women, Bible studies, and I am sure I am forgetting something. All of these things went from idea to reality because of the work of countless members in our church family. I wanted to take a moment and say thank you. I realize that so many in our church family serve cheerfully, enthusiastically, with a kingdom attitude and are not looking for recognition or validation. Although I know this about you, I still want to say you are a blessing to me. Your work makes the daily operation of our church a smooth one. Any pastor would be thrilled to shepherd this congregation.
That being said, as the saying goes, “what do you get when you work your fingers to the bone?....bony fingers” The reward for hard work is….more work. We must not lose sight that His kingdom is eternal. Therefore, kingdom work is never-ending as well. The greatest misconception among church members is that there is a point in our lives when we get to rest from our labor. This is true when we are thinking of what awaits us when we leave this earth to be with Christ. This is a misunderstanding when we think such a rest occurs this side of heaven. While the idea of retirement is great from earthly labor forces, it does not have a correlation in God’s labor forces. No Christian can say “I have served the church enough, I am now going to retire and let someone else do it”. Well, actually they can say it but they would not be biblically accurate. Granted, there are some things we may not be able to do but that doesn’t mean we stop contributing. Some of the greatest lessons I learned in my Christian growth has been at the feet of men and women whose age did not allow them to do much physically, but their life, testimony, and words were edifying and provided guidance in my life.
As you reflect on the work you have accomplished in this last year, allow it to guide you in what work you will do for His body, His kingdom, and His glory now that you took a holiday weekend off.
Have a blessed Sept,
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