Each year in the month of September, we set aside the first Monday of the month in our country as Labor Day.  In reality, it is a day that most of us take off from our normal occupational duties and many of us have to really labor around the house as we bring our summer projects to an end and get ready for the fall and winter approaching. Sometimes it is hard to know which I had rather do – go into work or work around the house.

I want to use this holiday to cause us to think about our labor for the Lord.  Each of us as Christians has a task before us.  Our task is to confront people with the Gospel of Christ and win them to Him. Then, we are to disciple them as the Lord works on them to bring them into conformity with His likeness.  Besides this main task, we have other labor responsibilities that are to aid us in accomplishing the main task.  Yes, we are each to be a laborer for our Lord.

The work of the Great Commission requires workers who will dedicate themselves to the task at hand. Beyond the dedication required, there must also be discipline and determination to not give up on seeking to win others to Christ. We must purposefully delight in seeking to please the Master in this assignment which He has given to every Christian.

I realize that as we labor, there are discouragements and distractions which seek to stop us or at least slow us.  It is imperative that you and I keep our eyes on the Lord as we labor. We do this through personal fellowship with Him in His Word and prayer.  Remember the words of the apostle Paul as he closed out the great resurrection chapter of I Corinthians 15, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

See you Sunday!