“We’ve Got Work To Do”

Christians have good reason to celebrate Labor Day, and in light of our understanding of vocation it can be an occasion to thank God for His gifts and His presence in the work that He gives each of us to do, and in the work through which we are blessed by others. It’s in living out our vocation that sanctification happens—the continuing change worked by God in us through the Holy Spirit, setting us apart for God’s use in our daily living, spiritual growth, maturity, real transformation as we go about our daily lives; whether we still work or whether we’re retired. Vocation is what makes us a part of what Peter called the “priesthood of all believers.” Does it mean that every Christian is a minister? No, of course not! What it means is that Christians don’t have to be pastors to be a minister. What it means is that we’ve got work to do. All of us!

Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:8-19

8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree and I ate.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” 14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you.” 17 And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”