Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor for the Lord

                     
Happy Labor Day Clip Art Picture
Chuckle: Salesman: “This machine will cut your work in half.” Customer: “Great! I’ll take two!” 

Quote: “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”Theodore Roosevelt

LABOR FOR THE LORD

“The desires of lazy people will be their ruin, for their hands refuse to work” (Proverbs 21:25 NLT). “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people” (Ephesians 6:7 NLT).

Employees in a Detroit business office found the following important notice on the bulletin board: “The management regrets that it has come to their attention that workers dying on the job are failing to fall down. This practice must stop, as it becomes impossible to distinguish between death and the natural movement of the staff. any employee found dead in an upright position will be dropped from the payroll.” –Illustrations for Biblical Preaching; Edited by Michael P. Green

I found the above to be hilarious. But what a great reminder of our responsibility to work hard regardless of what we do as a profession or where we are on the “totem pole” of authority. Drawing on our Ephesians passage, lets reflect on these questions.     

    Do you work as if Jesus were your immediate supervisor rather than people?
    As a supervisor, do you always treat your employees fairly and with respect?
    Do you display responsibility and integrity in your profession at all times?
    Can you be trusted to do your best even when the boss isn’t around?
    Do you work hard with enthusiasm and take pride in your work?
     Ultimately, Do you work in a way that honors and pleases our Heavenly Father?

Whether we are working at a secular job or ministering to others in the name of Jesus Christ, let’s say with John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, “Leisure and I have parted company, I am resolved to be busy till I die.”

Have a great Labor Day holiday as we honor all the hard-working Americans who built this country and continue to contribute so much to our quality of life; and also thank God for the privilege to work.
Love, Jerry & Dotse 

1 Comments:

At September 8, 2015 at 11:03 AM , Blogger Freeborng said...

Thank you, Jerry, for the post. For more on John Wesley and Francis Asbury, I would like to invite you to the website for the book series, The Asbury Triptych Series. The trilogy based on the life of Francis Asbury, the young protégé of John Wesley and George Whitefield, opens with the book, Black Country. The opening novel in this three-book series details the amazing movement of Wesley and Whitefield in England and Ireland as well as its life-changing effect on a Great Britain sadly in need of transformation. Black Country also details the Wesleyan movement's effect on the future leader of Christianity in the American colonies, Francis Asbury. The website for the book series is www.francisasburytriptych.com. Please enjoy the numerous articles on the website. Again, thank you, for the post.

 

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