9-5-04am   Positive Production   I Cor. 15:57-58

By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

 

From Labor Day 2003:

The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York, N.Y., probably organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary. By 1893, more than half the states were observing Labor Day on one day or another and a bill to establish it as a federal holiday was introduced in Congress. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill in 1894 designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

Who Do We Celebrate Today?
146.5 million  Number of people age 16 and over in the nation's labor force as of July 2003. Among the nation's workers are 78.2 million men and 68.4 million women.These men and women represent 66 percent of the adult population.   

Another Day, Another Dollar
$38,275 and $29,215  The annual median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers in 2001. 

$65,926  Average annual pay in the San Jose, Calif., metropolitan statistical area. San Jose has led all metro areas in this category since 1997.   

$46,963 Average annual pay in Connecticut, first among states.   

 7.3 million Number of workers who hold down more than one job. These workers comprise 5 percent of the workforce.   

29 Percentage of workers 16 and over who work more than 40 hours a week. Eight percent work 60 or more hours.   

29 Percentage of wage and salary workers 16 and over employed full-time who are on flexible schedules.   

3 Percentage of wage and salary workers 16 and over employed full-time who work the night shift. 

 

Do you ever feel like that you are laboring for nothing?  I talked to a man the other day who said that he hated his job, he hated his ex-wife, and he hated his life.  Friends it doesnít have to be like that.  He looked at me and said how is it going and I said fine. 

            You can change things by changing the way you look at them.  Jesus makes the difference.  How can you change things in your life, your job, and your family.

 

Scripture Text.  I Cor. 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

Revelation 14:13  Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

 

Luke 10:2  He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

 

 

Positive Production is:

 

A Change in Attitude will change your outlook in life and your labor.

 

Gratitude for the victory we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Payday is coming. 

 

Standing firm in your relationship with the Lord. 

 

Donít be easily moved to forget the Lord makes the difference in our lives. 

 

Give yourself fully to the work of the Lord. 

Remember the Lordís work is eternal. 

Remember that work for the Lord is positive production.

 

Revelation 14:13  Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

 

The Lordís labor is beneficial to you, to the church, and to the lost.  This is the only thing you can take with when you leave this world.  It is your labor for the Lord. 

 

Luke 10:2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

 

Would you be one of the Lordís workers?  Would you pray for more workers for the harvest field?