Since this is Labor Day Weekend, I wanted to write something having to do with jobs and labor. Then I thought about it, since 2008, it seems there are fewer jobs, and fewer people working.
A young college graduate was interviewing for his first job. When the HR Director asked him what he was looking for, the young man explained that he wished to have a starting salary $120K, be placed in a corner office with his own secretary. The HR director responded by offering to add a matching dollar for dollar to his 501K as well an automobile of his choice, preferably an Lexus. Looking at the young man he asked, “How does all that sound?” The young man replied, “Are you kidding me?” The HR director said, “Of course I am, but you started it”.
When it comes to having a career, retired folks are happy to have had one; GenXers are glad to have one; and Millennials have the degree, but no job possibilities. The latter has actually become an election talking point because today’s students are racking up school debt, but finding no job to begin paying it back. Perhaps you are somewhere in between?
Have you ever considered the link between work and your spiritual walk with Jesus? Did you know your job is a big deal to God? Mother Teresa was once asked about her ministry to the poor. She said, “It’s God’s work. I want to show His greatness by using by nothingness.” What if we could say the same thing? What if we let God use our nothingness, anyway He wants, to create His greatness?
Oh, and check out Ecclesiastes 5:18-19. It’s a really great promise!
In the middle of ever more demanding schedules at work, and less time at home, every day life seems to be tying us down more and more. But the second Sunday of May gives us the thoughtful opportunity to remember the moms in our lives. Sure we should take time more often than that to celebrate the greatness of our moms, but it seems that this is the day of special opportunity to tell her what she means to you. So for this Mother's Day, I'm writing about five of the most meaningful to me qualities I find in my own mom. In large measure, it was her influence, care, and teaching that led me to become the husband and father I am today. This entry is dedicated to my mom: Micki!
I've heard it said that good moms "listen and listen and listen." But true nurturing happens when a mom has listened to their child, and can then encourage the growth and development of the child in a positive and healthy way. Mom has always been a great listener. Even today, with her children (and grandchildren) she is always listening to the stories that made her kid's day. For somewhere in the story-telling expressions of her children, she finds joy. She takes pride in their triumph. She cries with them in their loss. She laughs with them at their jokes and antics. But why not? through her presence and input in their lives, she has created the environment for their pleasure and comfort. When she is present, they all feel safe.
Not much is said about the day after Jesus died. We know it was the Sabbath. But it must have been a somber, quiet, sad, reflective Sabbath for the followers of Jesus. Even the religious leaders had to know something was different. For they were still concerned about the body of Jesus and the disciples stealing it.
What strikes me is a comparison of the events of that original Easter Weekend. For six hours one Friday, He hung on the merciless and cruel cross of sin-fill hatred, dying in the place I deserved. After those six hours, in keeping with His own commandments and heavenly law that predates even creation, He rests on the seventh day. Thus I can't help but reflect back to creation--the six days at the beginning of earth's history where Jesus created our planet, solar system (and more). But on the seventh day of creation week He rested. ...
Matthew and Mark make it clear when Jesus was resurrected: It was the first day of the week--the day following the Sabbath, which followed the Day of Preparation--or Friday (cf Matthew 27:62, 28:1, Mark 15:42, 16:1-2). Interesting to me that they qualify what day it was in relation to the seventh-day Sabbath. Clearly we see that when Matthew wrote his Gospel, and Mark wrote his, the first day of the week was still that--the first day. In their minds, Sabbath was still the day of God's creation: Holy, for rest and worship. If the Holy Day of rest and worship had been changed by Jesus at His resurrection, one would expect Matthew or Mark to tell us.
Consider that while we don't know the exact date for writing, many believe Matthew was most likely written in the 50s AD, and Mark in the early 60s AD during the Nero Persecution. So in the very writing of their Gospels, we are reminded that they themselves, 20 and 30 years later, were still observing the seventh-day of the week as the Sabbath of the Lord God and not some other day.
Thus I join the world in celebrating the Lord's resurrection on a Sunday morning. But I will continue to keep holy the seventh-day of God's creation for worship and rest.
Just as His disciples did.
Just as Jesus did.
Pastor Ben is a pastor, marriage counselor, and international lecturer on Bible prophecy for more than 18 years. His lectures and preaching appointments have taken him to Europe, Australia, and Central America. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor for the South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship in Tacoma, WA.