Two things are important to the Christian — his worship and his work. Paul said to the Colossians, “Since therefore you are risen with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. , and your life is now hid with Christ in God” (3:1-3). The new life the Christian has must be Christ-centered and people-centered. Jesus said the greatest commandment was to to love God with all our being and the second was to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Labor Day reminds me as a Christian that my life revolves around my worship and my work. In addition to our passage from Colossians, read Hebrews 10:19-25 which tells us about the life we should live as Christians.
Let’s think first of our worship. Hebrews 10:22 urges us to “draw near to God with a sincere heart in the fullness of faith” and in 10:25 “Let us not forsake meeting together”. We need to draw closer to God in worship, which is a priority for us as Christians. There are two kinds of worship: private and public. Both are important to the child of God.
What’s the first thing you should do in the morning after going to the bathroom and drinking your first cup of coffee? Praise the Lord. “Lord, I praise you. You are all-powerful, gracious and loving. Thank you, Lord.” In the bathroom, at the breakfast table, and in the car going to work, praise God. The Christian way of life is different.
When Billy Sunday was converted, a Christian told him, “Take 15 minutes a day to listen to God speak to you. Take 15 minutes a day to talk to God. Take 15 minutes a day to tell others about God. you do it, no one will write retrograde after your name.”
There can be no success in the Christian life without some devotional life. Someone said, “Satan laughs at our work, laughs at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”
We must also worship publicly. Again, Hebrews 10:25 says, “Let’s not forsake coming together.” Billy Graham spoke about the man whose ox went into the ditch on Sunday, preventing him from going to church. Mr. Graham’s response was: “If your ox goes into the ditch every Sunday, get rid of the ox or fill the ditch.
Both private and public worship are important. People who honor the Lord will be honored by Him. It is the promise of God in his word.
Then there is our work. The boss said to Jones, “How long have you worked here? Jones replied — “Since I heard you coming down the hall.” Some people only work when the boss is around. But Christians are aware that their ever-present boss is watching them all the time.
Our main task as Christians is to witness for Christ – to our friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers. Christians want to share Christ with others. Robert Speer said, “Every man who has a religion is bound to do one of two things with it: change it or spread it. If it is not true, he must give it up. If that’s true, he should give it up. a way.”
A few years ago, two boats passed each other on the Mississippi River. An old man was talking to another man on the deck of one of the boats when suddenly he said — “Look! That’s the captain over there!” The other man said, “Why are you so excited about the captain?” The old man replied, “Well, years ago when we were walking like this, I fell overboard. I couldn’t swim and thought I was going to drown, but the captain saved me, saved me. And ever since that day, I love pointing it out to others.”
What a wonderful description of the Christian – a pointer. John the Baptist pointed people to Jesus when he said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). As those who have been rescued, we need to be busy showing our Savior to others. Paul says, “Since then we have been redeemed…” —let’s be busy worshiping Him and working for Him.