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Labor Day - Taking Christ With You

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Sermon shared by Melvin Newland

September 1991
Summary: One of our problems in life is that we divide everything into secular & sacred categories - but we ought to see our everyday work as a service for God.
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
MELVIN M. NEWLAND, MINISTER
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN, BROWNSVILLE, TX

TEXT: Ephesians 6:5-6; Daniel 6:20; Jeremiah 29:5-7; 1 Corinthians 5:9-11

A. For most Americans tomorrow is a holiday, its Labor Day, & in the opinion of some, it is the most hypocritical of all of our holidays.

They say that if Labor Day is a celebration of the unique rights & freedoms that we, as workers, enjoy in our nation, that if were really thankful that we have jobs while some dont, that if were really serious about labor being a blessing, then what we should do on Labor Day is go to work & tell the boss, "Im going to work today, & Im going to work for free, just for the joy of working."

But no, were not going to do that, are we? Most of us will say, "I dont want to work on Labor Day, but I do expect to get paid for it anyway." Maybe were not quite as dedicated to the celebration of labor as we thought.

B. So let me ask you a few questions, "Do you really like your job? How many of you look forward to going to work on Monday mornings because you really miss seeing your boss? How many of you miss your fellow workers so much that you can hardly wait to get back & see how theyre doing?"

Now if you answered "Yes" to any of those questions, then youre in the minority. Surveys reveal that 65% of American workers are unhappy with their jobs. Many of them go to work simply because they have no other choice. "I owe, I owe, so its off to work I go."

They would probably tell you that they are unhappy with what they do because it is the same old routine day after day, & their life seems to be a meaningless merry-go-round with no real purpose to it.

ILL. Tennessee Ernie Ford sang, "You load 16 tons, & what do you get, another day older & deeper in debt."

ILL. Someone else sang, "Up in the morning, out on the job, work like the devil for my pay. Fuss with my woman, toil for my kids, work till Im wrinkled & gray. But that lucky old sun just rolls around heaven all day."

And just like that lucky old sun, many people dream of the day when theyll have nothing to do but "roll around heaven all day."

PROP. Now this morning, I want to share with you what I believe will help you see our work as an exciting opportunity to serve God.

C. One of our problems in life is that we divide everything into secular & sacred categories. We say that over here is the secular, & over there is the sacred. And we spend the best hours of every day in the secular world. We say, "Wed really like to serve God, but we have to spend so much time on our secular job."

So we give God a few hours on Sunday morning. Maybe another hour on Sunday night, & thats about all for a lot of people.

You can see that sacred & secular pattern in the O.T., but not in the N.T. The O.T. says, "Over here is the sacred with its temple & priests, & everything else is secular." But the N.T. teaches that were all priests,
Comments and Shared Ideas
James Harrell
August 30, 2008
Find a job you love and you''ll never have to work a day in your life. I praise God for His ministry.
Wayne Shaw
September 2, 2007
Mr. Newland gives us a very Chrisitan prespective showing us that the workplace is a God given place of ministry.

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