Tomorrow is Worker’s Day, a public holiday in South Africa and in another 65 countries around the world.
It seems ironic that it is also the first day of the lockdown easing to level four from level five. This means that over a million workers will be free to go to work in certain sectors. Will they? On a public holiday? I doubt it.
During this time of lockdown, we realise what a privilege it is to work, to have a job, not only to earn a salary but to feel you have made a contribution.
In the beginning, after God worked to create the world and all in it, He saw it was good and He rested from His Work. Then He entrusted the care of the world to us, to people. That required work. All we do to build society, to teach our children, to build homes, cities, roads, infrastructure, banking systems, to serve each other and so on, all require work.
The Bible gives us some pointers about work.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Colossians 3:23)
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:8)
If we regard our work as part of our lives and as a gift from God, we will treat it as any other part of our lives. We commit it to God. As the fruit of the Spirit grows in us, our working life should also demonstrate the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control of Ephesisans 5:22.
For those of us who are retired, our work does not cease. We are in a position to help others, especially our families. We have more time to wait on the Lord and follow His leading. Whatever we do, whether employed or laid aside, let us do it all for the glory of God.