Labor Day is a wonderful holiday to celebrate the end of summer activities, prepare for the new schedules that autumn and school bring, and get one last day of the warm sun. But as we reflect on the nature of our labor, and how to take a day off from work, we want to take even these thoughts captive to the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:5). How do you think about Labor Day, and how does Jesus fit into your plan to enjoy this holiday? May the following articles encourage and challenge you to put Christ first!
Rest And the Gospel
One of the great myths we all fight is that if we take frequent time off, we will be less productive. The opposite could not be more true. We all have limited physical, emotional and spiritual capacities… The key is to rest at a five so that you can recover and operate at a seven, eight, or higher. Resting in your gospel identity will empower you to establish Sabbath rhythms in your life that prevent you from draining out below a five. The result is that you will operate most often at your highest levels of productivity and have the ability to love others out of the abundance of the heart.
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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).
Labor Day: Your Need for Both Labor and Rest
“As we come to celebrate another Labor Day, it may be beneficial for us to step back for a moment and consider what Scripture has to say about the rhythm of work and rest—i.e. the cyclical configuration by which all the events of our lives occur. Learning the theology of work and rest is one of the greatest challenges of our own day. Many of us have adopted faulty views of work, and therefore have faulty views of rest… It is a godly thing to do whatever God has called us to do with all our might as unto the Him, and it is godly to rest from our work and undergo a physical and spiritual re-creation.”
Working At Learning to Rest
“If you’re anything like me, you know that you have to be intentional about learning how to rest. It’s hard for some of us to downshift. Some have a bent toward laziness and others a tendency to overwork. Phil Ryken has made the helpful observation that busyness stems from the same sinful root as laziness. Both are sinful manifestations of an idol of control. When we overwork, we are trying to control our own life and guide it to a selfishly motivated outcome. We are trying to secure what makes us feel good in life. Those who are lazy do exactly the same thing as those who overwork. If Satan can’t get us to try to do so by the vehicle of laziness, he will do so by tempting us to burn the candle at both ends. There is a sense in which just as those who are lazy need to turn to the Lord in repentance and faith and work hard at learning to work, so those of us who are inclined to overwork need to turn to the Lord in repentance and faith and work hard at learning to rest. In order to grow in our ability to rest, we must know ourselves. We must be able to examine the patterns of our thoughts and actions.”
5 Ways Faith Transforms How We Work
This Labor Day, we refresh and recharge. But the office, the combine, or the classroom will be calling our name soon! This means we should use this time to retool how we approach our careers with our faith in Christ. Tim Keller point us to God’s Word to see how biblical faith will change how we work. 1. “Faith gives you an inner ballast without which work could destroy you.” If our identity is in our work, rather than Christ, success will go to our heads, and failure will go to our hearts. We think any career advancement, raises, or reputation is somehow about us, rather than a good gift our Father gives us to undeservedly in Christ. Conversely, any failure – embarrassment, penalty, or even firing – will show that work as an idol has failed us. We’ll become either defeated or self-determined, but both are a loss for our faith. Only when we know that our identity in Christ is most important will we survive the ups and downs of our callings.” (video included)
Don’t forget previous articles we’ve put up before, like previous years” “Labor Day in Honor of Christ” and “Labor And Rest on Labor Day” which provide so many resources! Make this holiday – and every day! – count for the glory of Jesus!