Way back in the 1880’s there began to be some talk about setting aside a date to celebrate labor. This day would honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country. It is thought that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, was first to suggest that “Labor Day” should be a national holiday. At the time he was the secretary of the Central Labor Union of N.Y.C. In 1887, Oregon made Labor Day an official public holiday, twenty-nine states followed suit and in 1894 President Grover Cleveland made it official. The first Monday in September would be set aside to honor the American worker. The Great American holiday, and the unofficial end of summer was born.
In his letter to Rome, Paul wrote, “Give honor where honor is due, and Jesus told His disciples that a laborer is worthy of his wages. When Paul was encouraging the Colossians he told them “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord . . .”
Sweat equity, hard work, muscle grease, there is nothing quite like a job well done. A sense of accomplishment can be had when one looks back on a day’s work.
When Paul was talking to the church at Colosse, he told them about the importance of working hard at serving Christ, working hard to share the love of Jesus . . . “Preaching Christ, warning every man and Mteaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ.” “To this end,” Paul said, ‘‘I labor, I strive.”
May we honor Jesus this Labor Day, working hard to share His love with a world who certainly could use the message of Jesus.