For Your Labor Day Weekend Meditation

“She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness” - Proverbs 31:27

“Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that has need” - Ephesians 4:28

“[My wife and I] had the blessing of having an abundance of work to do, and we did that work; by God's grace we gave ourselves to it; and this abundance of work greatly tended, instrumentally, to the increase of our happiness...Many, even true Christians, make the mistake of aiming after a position in which they may be free from work, and have all their time on hand. They know not that they wish for some very great evil, instead of some very great blessing.” - George Mueller

“The retirement booby trap kills and maims and destroys so many lives each year—'the biggest killer disease in America today.' Most men don't die of old age, they die of retirement. I read somewhere that half of the men retiring in the state of New York die within two years. Save your life and you will lose it.” - Ralph Winter (Why not a new missions career between 65 and eternity?)

“Six days shalt thou labor.”  - The fourth commandment.

“I must work the works of him that sent me while it is day; the night comes when no man can work.” - Jesus

Pastor John

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John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.

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