As we celebrate Labor Day, may we never forget the concept of the dignity of work. We are created in the image of God who declared His labor good after six days of work; therefore, we are designed to experience the fulfillment of success through hard work.
Colossians 3:23 declares “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working unto the Lord…” and Ephesians 4:28 tells us to work with our hands that we may be able to share with those in need.
Martin Luther King Jr. put it this way, “All labor that up lifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Any attempt to address poverty outside of the truth of the dignity of work, no matter how well intentioned, will fail. Work isn’t punishment; it’s the path to progress and prosperity.