“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
For some time now, I’ve been blaming it on my lack of sleep and too much pressure from the ministry — but I have finally found out the real reason I am so tired.
I’m tired because I’m overworked!
The population of this country is 237 million.
104 million people are retired.
That leaves 133 million to do the work.
There are 85 million in school.
That leaves 48 million to do the work.
Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government.
That leaves 19 million to do the work.
2.8 million are serving in the Armed forces.
This leaves 16.2 million to do the work.
Take from that total 14.8 million people who are employed by the state and city.
That leaves 1.4 million to do the work.
At any given time, there are 188,000 people in the hospital.
That leaves 1,212,000 to do the work.
There are 1,211,998 people in prison.
That leaves just two people to do the work.
You and me.
You are sitting at your computer reading this devotional thought!
NOW do you understand why I am so tired?
Seriously, rather than thinking about how I’m the only one working, perhaps it would be better for me to realize that everything I do is done to glorify God. If we all had that attitude, can you imagine what we might be able to accomplish for the Lord?
As believers, you and I must do everything we do as if we are doing it for the Lord. We don’t work for pay or for ambition or to satisfy an earthly boss — we work so that we can take every job we do and offer it to Christ. ALL work is one for God so that His world may go on and His people have the things they need for life.
If you are someone’s BOSS — remember you too are accountable to God. As Christians we believe that the BOSS and the EMPLOYEE are working for GOD and that real rewards are not seen in bigger paychecks but in the rewards we will ultimately receive from God.
Gordan Dahl once said, “Most middle-class Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, to play at their worship. As a result, their meanings and values are distorted. Their relationships disintegrate faster than they can keep them in repair, and their lifestyles resemble a cast of characters in search of a plot.”
As we pause to celebrate this Labor Day weekend, remember that God has given us the privilege of work, play and worship. We cannot neglect any of them and we cannot switch the purposes of them. As a believer, I want to work my hardest, play at the right time and ALWAYS be in an attitude of worship and thanksgiving to the God who created me!
Instead of complaining about the work you have to do — thank God you have work you CAN do!
I hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.