A day where the American people celebrate their hard work by getting some much needed rest. The holiday was created to celebrate the social and economic achievements of the American workers, and there is much to celebrate and be grateful for. But before you go off to the beach and put that savoring meat on your grill, let’s take a look at the work that the Christian is called to.
“So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:17–18
We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We do not earn salvation by anything we do because, quiet simply, we can’t earn it. Yet, what we do matters. The Apostle Paul in Ephesians says that we were “created in Christ Jesus for good works”. (Emphasis added) This is because salvation is not the end, it is the beginning. It is the beginning of our walk with Jesus. It is the beginning of our new life.
Jesus, after He had finished the work of reconciliation on the cross and was about to ascend into heaven, left His disciples with His final instructions. He told them that they are to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations”. (Matt. 28:19) This was the call on their lives, to spread the gospel. For the next several decades Jesus disciples would work and toil in order to make the gospel known.
For the Christian we work not because we have to, but because we get to. Our sins have been forgiven and not only are we saved from the wrath of God, but God calls us His children! If we believe this, and I mean truly believe this, it should draw us in to work and toil for the sake of Jesus. We do not work in order for God to accept us, we work because He already has accepted us. By our works we reveal our faith.
So hopefully, in all the busyness that this day might bring, you find some time to step back and thank Jesus for His work and for the fact that you get to work for the sake of the gospel.