All sales and cookouts aside, Labor Day was meant to be a day off for those who actually labor. And it was designed to be a celebration and a guaranteed day of rest for workers during a time in the American culture when a workweek’s amount of vacation was an extremely rare, if not non-existent, perk enjoyed by the few!
Just as in the past, labor today can be done in different ways and in various amounts, but just as in the past, without the actual labor what’s the rest for?
Perhaps this is a point with a spiritual application? Undoubtedly it is!
To God’s people there is a time coming when we will inherit, not just a “day” of rest, but an entire “land” of rest in Heaven; but what would this rest be without the labor that works toward it?
While spiritual labor can surely be done in different ways and in various amounts, there is no point to rest if there’s no labor to begin with! This is a point, among several others, to keep in mind when we read verses such as:
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:9-11 – KJV)
Rest is meant to be for those who work, and in the midst of a section of God’s word that says we are saved by grace we find that God’s people are meant to look for the work that he has given us to do (Ephesians 2:10). For the heavenly land of rest will only be entered by a living, a trusting, and yes, a laboring faith that seeks a rest in Canaan that can be counted on.
There is indeed rest for the weary, God will keep his word, but we must be weary of those who promise rest without the labor – for they existed among God’s people in the past and they continue to do so today.
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:1 – NKJV)