“For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” (I Corinthians 3:9)
The Lord knew that man needs to work, and the covenant God made in the Garden of Eden with Adam made him in charge of keeping and cultivating the garden. He made known to Adam that he could eat freely of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he could not eat. If he chose to disobey God, he would die.
The Lord thought it was not good that Adam was alone, so he made a help meet for him. God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air, and He brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name.
When the serpent, who was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord had made, persuaded the wife whom He had made for Adam to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin came into the world. Because of Adam’s sin, death entered into the world. (Romans 8:12-14) For the sin of Eve, there would be pain in childbirth, and she would be made subject to her husband. (vs. 16) The ground is cursed and will bring forth weeds among the food which man must eat for his existence. He will perspire when he works and he will have to work all his life long. (vs. 19)
Mankind has from that time had to work in order to live, so being laborers to take care of our physical needs is a necessity. In the Ten Commandments, the Lord said that six days man shall labor, and do all of our work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God, which is to be the Lord’s day.
As we celebrate Labor Day each year, we are reminded that this is a day that is set aside to honor the working man and woman. Christians are to be busy doing the work of the Lord, helping those who need help. In fact, we must not forget that, “we are laborers together with God.” Co-laborers as He helps us do the work He calls us to do. Like Jesus we “must be about our Father’s business.” (Luke 2:49)
We must be about our Father’s business,
While we live on the earth,
Proving by our words and actions,
That in our lives He is of greatest worth,
So help us to be busy Lord,
Doing what you would have us do,
Ever mindful that your work,
Is what we should pursue.
Dear Father, may we strive to do the work you call us to do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.