By Scott Franks
Since it’s Labor Day weekend, many of us will enjoy an extra day of rest from our work on Monday. But today, as we celebrate what Christ has done for us, we can be glad he told us, “My Father is always working, and so am I” (John 5:17, New Living Translation).
We know God rested from the work of creation on the seventh day, but God continues to “work” in sustaining the universe and advancing his plan of salvation. We cannot begin to comprehend all that God is working on at this moment, but his Word says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose(Romans 8:28, New American Standard Bible).
God is redeeming all things for good for those who love him. In his hands, everything—even the worst of things—can be worked for good. He is working on restoration, redemption, and making things whole again, and he promises that one day all the burdens, worries, and pains in our hearts and bodies won’t hurt anymore.
We know too that Christ continues to work on us by transforming us and refining us in his image through the Holy Spirit. You probably have seen the T-shirt that says, “Be patient; God’s not done with me yet.”
As we share this Communion meal, remember that everyone here is still a work in progress. God is still shaping the clay. Some of us still have a long way to go in dying to ourselves, taking captive every thought, and being led by the Spirit and not the flesh. But praise the Lord, God never stops working, and all things are possible in him!
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think (Ephesians 3:20, NLT).
On this Labor Day, let’s praise God that he never stops working, for that gives us every reason to believe wonderful transformation is always possible for everyone in this church. There is always hope, always power, always fresh mercy because God is always working. That is worth celebrating!
Scott Franks preaches for the Edgemere Church of Christ (Edgemere.org) in Wichita Falls, Texas. He also contributes weekly devotionals to the 728B site on Facebook.