Welcome to GracePoint Church, where we are committed to helping others take their next steps toward better knowing and serving a holy God of grace and truth.
This is the week that includes Labor Day. Originally, this holiday was set aside in 1894 to commemorate the drive and dedication of the American worker. Because of its timing at the beginning of September, it more recently has come to commemorate the end of summer and is seen as a casual day-off with family and friends. Perhaps this year, more than most, we would be wise to use this week to remember the work that God does for us. In a passage from Isaiah 64 that speaks of God’s power and holiness, these words are used to personalize God’s grace and power to us:
“From old no one has heard or perceived by ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts (works) for those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4)
God is unique among the universe. He alone is the source and purpose of all things, and God’s work for us is also very personal. For example, God’s labor for us includes: His creation of us and all that exists. It includes sending His perfect Son to die for our sin and redeem us, and then God raised Him from the dead to pave the way for assurance of eternal life. His living presence transforms believers to serve higher, eternal purposes than merely making money or constructing things.
Instead of only celebrating the end of summer, it might be best to set aside some time this week of Labor Day to celebrate the God who graciously and powerfully works for us so that we might have hope and purpose, even in the midst of these changing times. Do or say something, with intention, that brings glory to our Almighty God of grace and truth.
From a Shepherd’s Heart,
Pastor Perry Kallis