When you read the word, "job" what comes to mind? You might think, "I'm glad tomorrow's a holiday!" Still others think, "Boy, am I glad I have a job." Some may say, "Sure wish I could find a job." Maybe you thought of the song the Seven Dwarves sang as they headed off to work: "Hi Ho Hi Ho, it's off to work we go!"
Do you remember your first job? I remember mine. I was hired to pull weeds on a farm for—get this—twenty-five cents an hour. There I was in the hot sun pulling weeds from among the vegetable plants. Sweat poured down my freckled face. Twenty-five cents an hour. I know it might sound strange but that was a fair wage when I was a kid.
That was my first job, but I trained and worked in the printing business. I was a printer—I made a big impression on people—and was going to become a teacher in a vocational school until God wanted me to make an impression on others through teaching and preaching the good news of Jesus' love for them. This is the work I'm involved with now.
But let me ask you: What about work? What about your work? Where does this thing called work actually fit into what it means to be a follower of Jesus? For many of us, work is just something we do—we do it because we have to—to pay the bills, to feed our family, to live. What if we all decided that we didn't want to work? There are people in this world who've simply stopped working. How are we as Christians to wrestle with these kinds of attitudes?
Labor Day is a holiday celebrating the American worker. It has roots all the way back to a national holiday recognizing workers that was passed by Congress in 1894. This is a good thing. The Bible, speaks about work throughout its pages—from Genesis to ...
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Scott M. Gibson is the Professor of Preaching and holder of the David E. Garland Chair of Preaching at Baylor University/Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas. He also served as the Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, where he was on faculty for twenty-seven years.