Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. Psalm 127:1
This past weekend, you probably got an extra day off!! Why? Because it was Labor Day!
According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day was started to pay tribute to the "contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." Basically, we take a day off of work so that we can remember all the work that is being done all over the country all year!
However, if you read the verse above, you see that unless God is the ultimate worker in everything we do,
all the work that we do is in "vain." What does it mean for something to be "in vain"? It means that all the work that we do is basically useless, not worth the effort.
That means if God wasn't doing the work when you did all of your homework, it was almost not worth the effort. That means if God wasn't doing the work when you went to play soccer, there was no point. That means if God wasn't doing the work when you practiced for hours to play an instrument, it really wasn't worth the time.
Now before you go to your parents and tell them, "Chi Van-Kim told me that I shouldn't do anything unless God is doing it!," you have to understand what I mean. The whole point of this verse and this message is that we, as Christians, need to keep an eternal perspective. An eternal perspective means that what we are doing here on earth isn't what is going to last forever. The grades we get, the songs we play, the work we do here on earth will eventually fade away. Instead, what we do to glorify God on earth will last for eternity, and that's what really matters. Because of this, we have to always be glorifying God in EVERYTHING that we do. There is no part of our lives that could or should be separated from God. By allowing Him to be the worker, to be a part of what we are doing, to guide us through all of our actions, we really aren't doing much for eternity.
Keep this in mind as you do your homework and as you labor. Don't let it be in vain!
Only one life will soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last.
Until next time,