“LABOR Day” – May 1, 2017

Today is Labor Day in honor of all laborers. Let me share 5 things, using LABOR as the outline, that could help you as you go to work everyday.

L – Love your work.

The secret of how you can love your work is in your perspective, and attitude. Paul in Colossians 3:23 teaches us that in whatever we do, we must work at it with all our heart, as working for the Lord, and not for people.

A – Accept your job with gratitude, and be a hard worker.

The latest statistics show that more than 20% of adult Filipinos have no jobs. This means that if you have one, then you must be thankful to God. Our gratitude should also lead us to work hard to be an effective and efficient worker. Ecclesiastes 9:10 reminds us that “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

B – Believe that God created you to do something great.

If we believe that we are a product of God’s design, and has accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, then God has put something in us that should propel us in finding the good in our respective jobs and will give us the inspiration to do it. Paul said it best in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

O – Open your heart and share what you have earned to the needy.

Paul reminds us that when we work, and earned its rewards, we must not forget to help the poor. The blessings of God will return to us many times when we are not selfish. In Acts 20:35, Paul shares his real life testimony — “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

R – Reward yourself with the fruits of your work.

We work for our needs and for our family. But we must also find a way to enjoy the fruits of our labor by having a vacation or buying something that you have been dreaming. The writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us in 3:13 about the reason why we work — “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil — this is the gift of God.”

Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
May 1, 2017

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