Labor Day provides a reminder to consider a Biblical view of labor and work. In this article Dr. Harmon, professor at Grace College and Seminary, writes, "Here in the United States many people regard work as something to be avoided or endured until the next opportunity for recreation. This attitude has resulted in an unbiblical view of retirement as a time to indulge oneself with a life of comfort and leisure. Sadly, such flawed views of work have infiltrated the church, where many have the same view of work that our culture does."
How does God view work? Harmon offers seven essentials we should understand.
- God created Adam and Eve to work in the Garden (Gen 2:15).
- Adam and Eve's rebellion resulted in work becoming difficult (Gen 3:17-19).
- God instructs his people to rest from work regularly (Ex 20:8-11).
- All work is to be done for the glory of God and the advancement of his kingdom (Gen 1:27-30; Ex 19:5-6; 1 Cor 10:31; Col 3:23).
- Christ through his active obedience perfectly accomplished the work the Father gave to him (John 17:4; 19:30).
- Christ commissioned his followers to work for the advancement of his kingdom until he returns (Matt 28:18-20; John 17:18; 1 Pet 2:9-10).
- In the new heavens and new earth God's people will continue to work (Rev 22:3).
Read more in his Biblical theology blog, Labor Day Reflections on Work.
Discover a host of resources for churches to celebrate God's gift of work on Labor Day Sunday at the Celebrate Your Work website.