Words from the Heart for Monday September 3rd, 2018
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV)
Labour of Love
Today there are parades and honour given to the labour force of our nation. There are those who work very hard but are not acknowledged nor even appreciated. But, our God is not unjust. He does not forget the hard work and labour of love which we do unto the Lord. Today is a good day to express our appreciation to those who have blessed us through their labours.
Labour Day has been celebrated in Canada on the first Monday in September since the 1880s. The origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced back to December 1872 when a parade was staged in support of the Toronto Typographical Union’s strike for a 58-hour work-week, almost a full decade before a similar event in New York City. The Toronto Trades Assembly called its 27 unions to demonstrate in support of the Typographical Union who had been on strike since March 25.
When we think of labour, we usually think about the work we do on a daily basis by which we earn our living. But there is a more profound sense of labour within the fellowship of God’s people. Hebrews 6:10 says, “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” As we serve one another in the Body of Christ, the author of Hebrews says that we are labouring in love. I like that thought. We are all called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ in practical ways. A healthy church makes sure that widows are cared for and those who are going through challenging times experience the love of Jesus through His people. Our salvation is by grace and not works, so we serve God and others, but not just to earn points to hopefully get God’s attention. Jesus did all that was necessary to have a relationship with God. But God does take note when we are loving others in His Body in His name. What is your labour of love today?
These have been words from the heart.