Today, in the United States, we’re celebrating the holiday we call “Labor Day”. This is a great day in which many people have the day off to rest and relax and is often considered the “last hurrah” of summer. So, since it’s Labor Day where I live, I thought we could talk about laboring together.
Recently, as I’ve been contemplating this idea of community, I’ve realized that my community (with few exceptions) is full of co-laborers. These are people I am currently working with or have worked with in the past.
I met my best friend while serving in children’s ministry.
My mentors are all people who I have created things with.
Most of my friends are people I served others with.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”
1 Corinthians 3:6-9
I love these verses because they’re just so collaborative! May we be more like Paul in this regard! He knew that we’re all part of one body; so if one part of the body succeeds then the entire body succeeds!
But Paul also co-labored with people: Mark, Barnabas, Apollos, Luke, Silas, and more. He served with and alongside all of these people at different times in his ministry. He understood that laboring together was an important aspect of community. If you’re not laboring together, if you’re not serving others, if you’re not sharing the life and love of Christ together, then you’re missing out.
I encourage you today, on this laborless day, to reach out to your community and plan a time to labor together for Christ. This could be anything from cleaning a community member’s house who’s sick to serving at a soup kitchen to volunteering at a local school. You could work together in the church nursery, fundraise for your favorite charity, or do random (yet strategic) acts of kindness. Whatever your collective passion is, I encourage you to pursue that together and see how your bond will grow as you partner with each other in spreading God’s love and presence with those who need it.
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