On this Labor Day weekend, which of these would best describe your attitude toward work ~ a means to an end ($), and end in itself, your source of identity, an opportunity to use your talents and abilities to serve other people, a venue for evangelism, an endless source of difficulty and frustration? Do you think our culture places too much emphasis on finding “fulfilling work”? Are you chasing after fulfillment through your work? Can work, in our broken world, ever provide fulfillment?
Given the secular world’s customary disdain of manual labor (especially the Greeks and Romans), what does his work as a carpenter tell us about our Lord and the dignity of all types of work?
Solomon clearly made a case for the vanity of work done “under the sun” (Ecc 2:11,17,etc), yet Paul graciously reminds us we can know that when we do the work “of the Lord” laboring “in the Lord” that our efforts are not in vain. What’s the difference? What makes work “of the Lord”? Does only “full time” Christian work qualify? What does it mean to labor “in the Lord”?
Is it possible to find rest even in the midst of our labor? (Matt 11:28-30) What truths about the Gospel do we need to ponder for this to be an experienced reality in our lives in the midst of this hectic world that so often evaluates us based on our work?