Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Saturday, August 3, 2019

Theme: DIGNITY OF LABOUR

Text: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…” – Ecclesiastics 9:10.

Comment: An active hand will always find something good to do that will turn to a good account or have a price in it.  Generally, labour is valued as the source of unequalled prosperity, and as characteristics of a strong and determined people.  The attitude one has about his work reveals a great deal about his faith both in God, the Great Provider, and in his work.  The right attitude will, of course, inspire the right spirit in doing the work, i.e. “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” – Romans 12:11.

 

Some have taken it upon themselves to decide which work is better or which work deserves respect.  What dignity of labour portends is that no work should be looked down upon and people doing manual works should not be treated with any less respect.  There is nothing wrong in the nature of any lawful work; what is important is how one looks at it and does it.  While encouraging employable and able-bodied people to desist from the life of idleness by looking for honest, profitable and lawful works to do to fend for themselves, people in the society should respect and regard those who do lawful work, not minding the nature, as this will not only increase employment, but also provide the basis for a healthy society by the grace of God.