Happy Labor Day! As you celebrate our country’s acknowledgement of the goodness of work, and a well deserved rest, we hope the following resources are encouraging to your faith!
The Purpose Of Labor And Rest
What’s the point of labor and rest? Asking this question is like asking, “What’s the point of breathing?” Like breathing, the cycle of labor and rest is essential to life, embedded in the created order, ceases at death, and begins again for all believers after our resurrection to eternal life. The whole of life is taken up with the rhythm of labor and rest. We labor and rest each day, each week, each year, and each season of life. This is no accident…
Have you found the purpose in your labor and the meaning in your rest? If not, hear again the pleading words of Jesus, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
3 Reasons We Labor And Rest
It’s wise to periodically pause and refresh ourselves on why we do what we do.
For those of us taking a break from our labors on this Labor Day (ironic, as it may be), here’s a triad of encouragements from the apostle Paul to remind Christians why we labor.
1. We labor to not be a burden to others.
2. We labor to provide for others…
Restful Words for Labor Day
I recited Psalm 23 to myself in German hundreds of times riding on my three-speed bicycle between our flat at Preysingstrasse 22 and the Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich where I studied from 1971–74. I can remember, in those last months as the tension built before my final oral exams, riding home in the evening through the grassy English Gardens along the quiet banks of the Isar and saying, “He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me by still waters.”
The reason I recited the psalm to myself again and again day after day was not merely to improve my German but mainly because it seemed that with this passage of Scripture, more than any other, to recite it was also to experience its reality… These are the words that gives rest.
Understand Psalm 23 for rest from John Piper→
Don’t forget previous articles we’ve put up before, like last year’s “Labor Day in Honor of Christ,” which provide so many resources! Make this holiday – and every day! – count for the glory of Jesus!