Bible Verses for Labor Day

Be Encouraged With Uplifting Scriptures for Working People

Bible Verses for Labor Day
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To enjoy gratifying work is truly a blessing. But for many people, their labor is a source of great aggravation and discouragement. When our employment circumstances are far from ideal, it's easy to forget that God sees our earnest efforts and promises to reward our labor.

These uplifting Labor Day Bible verses are meant to encourage you in your work while you celebrate the holiday weekend.

13 Bible Verses for Celebrating Labor Day

Moses was a herdsman, David was a shepherd, Luke a doctor, Paul a tent maker, Lydia a merchant, and Jesus a carpenter. Humans have labored all throughout history. We must make a living while making a life for ourselves and our families. God wants us to work. In fact, he commands it, but we must also take time for honoring the Lord, cultivating our families, and resting from our labor:

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. (Exodus 20:8-10, ESV)

When we give generously, cheerfully, and spontaneously, the Lord promises to bless us in all of our work and everything we do:

Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. (Deuteronomy 15:10, NIV)

Hard work is often taken for granted. We ought to be thankful, joyful even, for our labor, because God blesses us with the fruit of that labor to provide for our needs:

You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! (Psalm 128:2, NLT)

There is nothing more rewarding than enjoying what God gives us. Our work is a gift from God and we ought to look for ways to find pleasure in it:

So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is our lot in life. And no one can bring us back to see what happens after we die. ( Ecclesiastes 3:22, NLT)

This verse encourages believers to put more effort into gathering spiritual food, which has far more eternal value than the work we do:

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. (John 6:27, NIV)

Our attitude at work matters to God. Even if your boss doesn't deserve it, work as though God is your boss. Christians ought to be model employees. Whether or not the boss is observing your work, and even if your co-workers are difficult to deal with, do your best to be an example at work:

...and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; (1 Corinthians 4:12, ESV)
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:23, LT)
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (Hebrews 6:10, NIV)

Work has benefits we may not realize. It's good for us. It provides us with a way of taking care of our families and our own needs. It allows us to contribute to society and to others in need. Our labors make it possible for us to support the church and kingdom work. And it keeps us out of trouble:

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. (Ephesians 4:28, ESV)
...and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, (1 Thessalonians 4:11, NIV)
That is why we labor and strive because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10, NIV)

God's Word teaches that prosperity is a tremendous blessing that comes by working hard rather than by chasing dreams and schemes. Christians who are capable of working should never sponge off others or shrink from work. Believers are responsible to provide for themselves and their families:

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." (2 Thessalonians 3:10, NIV)
A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense. (Proverbs 12:11, NLT)