Identity and Work

Labor Day has been celebrated in the U.S. since the late 1800’s. It began as a way to honor American workers…many of whom were working 12 hours a day—7 days a week. 

The work week is much shorter now.  Yet, in any environment, the Christ-follower needs to know that the Scripture speaks clearly to the value of our work:

“ Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”  (Col. 3:23)

Although we recognize the temporal nature of earth life, we know that our approach to work goes beyond the immediate production of goods and services. In fact, our approach to work gives us the opportunity to worship and honor Christ.  Really?  Worshiping Christ while working?

Paul challenged the slaves of his day to look beyond their earthly masters and work like God was in charge.  He said, don’t fake it!  Work hard like you know God is watching your work. (at least that’s my paraphrase)…

 “not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.  Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.  (Col. 3:22-24)

We know that our true Identity goes beyond our work.  Life is more than what we do to earn a paycheck and provide for our families.

But, knowing our true Identity in Christ sets us free to work and let the Life of Christ shine through our attitude and actions for His glory.  Saved by His grace, we know that…   

“we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works….” (Eph. 2.10)

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