Labor Day reflections

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Pastor's Desk | No Comments

From Pastor Becker’s heart to yours . . .

The holiday we call “Labor Day” offers an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of work, the purpose of work in our lives. It also raises interesting questions about work such as should there be a time in life when we cease from work (a.k.a. “retirement”), or alternatively, will the nature and compensation of our work change over the course of life? I think that a biblical world view would take the latter answer over the former. God gives us energy, breath and love in order to accomplish something in this world that would not hap-pen were we not present in it.

This reflection brought to mind the saying of Mother Theresa: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Sometimes reading a passage from “The Message” brings a fresh perspective to a familiar passage of Scripture. See what you think of this rendition of I Corinthians 13:1-3.

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Whatever kind of work God has called and equipped you to do in this season of your life, you can do it
grudgingly or thankfully,

  • with a sense of resentment or a sense of eagerness,
  • with a sense of entitlement or a sense of opportunity,
  • with a spirit of selfishness or a spirit of love.

What a contrast! Which will it be for you, the follower of Jesus? Because of the gifts freely given to us in Holy Baptism, we can let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father in heaven. We shall thus pray and work with the Spirit of Christ in and among us, and watch as the Lord adds to our number daily those who are being saved!
Pr. Paul F. Becker

“…that all the people of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty,
that you may fear the LORD your God forever.” —Joshua 4:24