Labor Day recognizes the many accomplishments and endeavors of the American worker, a group of people known for their fortitude, courage, magnanimity. Work is something we are called to do by our Lord, and meaningful work benefits the entire world. Much has changed in the landscape of the American workplace over the last few generations, but one thing that has not is God’s calling for us to work hard to serve Him and no one else. In Colossians, it says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” In recent years, it has become more challenging to live out Christian faith in the workplace, with more and more pressure to be politically correct. Sadly, this has led some to hide their faith in Jesus while at work, and thereby stifle their light and most meaningful contribution to the world. So do we need to beat our co-workers over the head with the Bible to praise Jesus through work? Of course not. We glorify Jesus at work by being excellent at what we do, caring the most, and passionately pursuing His calling for us. Our most meaningful contribution to the world comes when our work coincides with our calling. Tomorrow, as we head back to work, make the decision to be the light in your company, steering others to Jesus through how you live and work. Make your impact on the world in Jesus’ name.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” – Colossians 3:23 NIV