With Labor Day upon us I had to write about something that correlates with it. Many days and nights we labor to make a living and support our families and Labor Day is a day of rest and reflection from work. We can relax by the lake and at the same time reflect on all the work we have done and hopefully go back into the work week tomorrow refreshed and ready to improve on our labor.
“To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.”
Colossians 1:29 NKJV
Now, of course this Labor Day we should not only focus on the labor that we strive for to earn a living, but our labor in the Lord as well. Again, of course our labor to make a living for our family is also our laboring for the Lord as He wants us to provide and glorify Him through our work, whatever it may be that you do. At the same time we must reflect on the labor we do for the Lord that is apart from our money making side of things. If we come to a point that we realize that we do little to none for the Lord apart from work, then we may need to reevaluate our walk with the Lord.
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
Exodus 20:9-11 NKJV
I am a firm believer in keeping the Sabbath, maybe not as strict as the Israelites did, but I do believe it to be healthy to rest one day and reflect on our labor. Not only does a day of rest rejuvenate your body and mind, but it also refreshes your spirit and helps us become more connect with God.
When we reflect we should make sure it is done in correlation with prayer and meditation. As we reflect we should ask the Lord to reveal things about our labor, both good and bad, in order to see where we could improve and what we are actually doing correctly. The more connected to God we are the better job we will ultimately do in all things.
God wants our best and to do that we must take time to be still with Him and to reflect on what we have and have not done for Him. When we take time to clear our mind we will then begin to see the path and calling of God upon our lives more clearly. To know God’s will for our lives we must first come to know Him. The deeper and more connected we become with Him, the more we will understand what to do for Him, and where and how we should labor for Him.
Where do you feel that your labor is going good? Where do you feel you could improve at? Take time this Labor Day to not only rest and relax, but to also reflect and be still with the Lord, listening for His small, still voice being pressed upon your heart and mind. Happy Labor Day!