by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, August 31, 2017
According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country”. If anyone deserves a special holiday, I believe it to be those whose blood, sweat, and tears have literally built this great nation. From the magnificent buildings and roadways to the education system to the manufacturers and work force that keeps everything in our lives running people have built a great nation.
Looking forward, though, as we have learned from the past a lot of the results of physical labor will change. Today’s beautiful structures will come down and be replaced by something bigger and better. What is new today will become old; what works today will be made to work even better tomorrow. Buildings and infrastructure and methods will change. There is a labor that has lasting results; eternal consequences.
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain”. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV).
The work that you do through the local church will last forever. When someone is saved the very angels in heaven rejoice. They will live eternally in the presence of God. When a heart is mended or a family is healed through the power of God, generations to come reap the benefits. When hate and jealousies are replaced by Christian love and brotherhood, entire communities benefit for ages to come.
Rest assured, dear church, I know you get tired and I know you grow weary. You’ll never know how much I appreciate your willingness to press forward even as your muscles ache and your spirits wane from time to time. Your labor is not now, nor will it ever be, in vain.
“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away” 1 Peter 5:4 (NIV)