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Labor Day


Labor Day 

Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day. 
Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer. But, it is also the day we celebrate work by taking the day off!  
Sadly, many view work as a curse and punishment for Adam's fall into sin. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible speaks of God's creative effort as "work" (Gen 2:1-3). Additionally, man was placed in a perfect garden and instructed to "work it and take care of it" (Gen 2:15). When man rebelled against God, it wasn't work that was cursed, but that it fell under the curse.  As a result work today is marked by frustration, occasional failure and the resistance of the environment and nature. Work results in physical exhaustion and at times pain, as well as envy and conflict.  
In spite of it all, work remains divinely ordained with an inherent and intrinsic dignity. In other words, all work is sacred! All work is an act of obedience to God. This applies to the farmer and the factory worker; to the baker and the banker; to the plumber and the philosopher. Never buy into the lie that merely providing a service is of less value than creating a product.
Finally, let's remember that there is no such thing as the secular and the sacred. All work is sacred. Martin Luther responded to this idea as follows:
"It is pure invention [fiction] that Pope, bishops, priests, and monks are called the 'spiritual estate' while princes, lords, artisans, and farmers are called the 'temporal estate.' This is indeed a piece of deceit and hypocrisy. Yet no one need be intimidated by it, and that for this reason: all Christians are truly of the spiritual estate, and there is no difference among them except that of office."
Next Tuesday, when you go to work, having won the battle of mind over mattress, remember you are headed to the place God has called you to serve. In Ephesians 6:6 Paul describes the person who works as "doing the will of God from the heart," and in Colossians 3:23 he says, "Whatever you do [in terms of your job or your work], work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."
See you Sunday 
In the light of His glory and grace, 
Pastor Doug