Monday, September 5, 2011

How to Enjoy "Labor Day" everyday

Hebrews 4:10  For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

Where did the U.S Holiday Labor day begin?
According to reliable sources, the holiday we know as "Labor Day" occured on September 5, 1882.  The reason why this day was commemorated was to note the economic and beneficial contributions of all workers in all areas of life.  On this day, people enjoy the fruits of those labors - picnics, BBQ's and relaxation. 

What is the Christian's labor day, and when?
However the Bible details for us how everyday for the Christian is a labor day.  How?  In the passage above, the fundamental thought of the Christian walk is presented - Rest.  When by God's grace I enter in relationship with Christ through faith, I cease relying upon my own efforts to achieve favor with God - and choose to fully rely upon the labor that Christ did on my behalf through His cross and resurrection. 

What the Bible means by "rest"
Now the writer here takes us back to the open chapters of Genesis, where God "rested" from His creative work.  When the Bible says God rested, that does not mean God was tired.  That phrase "rested" means God took His seat upon His throne, and that the reign of God was established over all He made.  Everything was at peace, in harmony.  If anything, God went from creating to that of conserving, preserving His creation. 

Thus for the Christian, when the choice is made everyday to enjoy the rest of God, that means that there is delight over the reign of God in your life.  A Christian who aims to rest in Christ everyday will be marked by harmony in their heart because of the assurance of God preserving their salvation. (please compare Philippians 1:6)  To rest in what Christ has labored for does not mean I do nothing, rather it means enjoying, delighting and drawing nourishment from Christ by means of scripture and prayer. 

As you enjoy labor day, remember this...
You can always tell when labor day is occuring in your neighborhood: the smell of cooked food, the parades, families gathering together and the simple pleasure of enjoyment of the fruits of hard work.  As a Christian, your life and mine ought to be characterized by the sweet aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14), the clear demonstration of His glory (2 Corinthians 2:15-16) and a peaceful heart that has found its rest in His labor (Philippians 3:8-9). 

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