“We proclaim him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to his power that powerfully works in me.” (Colossians 1:28–29 NET) This labor day if you have a moment, I would encourage you to consider what your labor thus far in 2011 has all been for.  Better yet consider all of the labor of your life. What have you worked for, what do you have to show for it, are you proud of it?  These and many other questions should occupy your thoughts for a least a few minutes.  Let me be clear. There is nothing wrong with working for secular companies or doing secular work.  I firmly believe that the sacred work of God is most effectively carried out today by men and women who embark each day from their homes into the world and culture we live in.  Your workplace is not your work, neither is the worldly product you produce. As a believer your work is people! I love the way the NET translation captured the heart of verse 29. The Greek phrase eiß o (eis ho, “toward which”) implies “movement toward a goal.”[1] This is important as we consider our work this labor day.  Are we moving toward a goal when it comes to the people that surround us each and every day of our lives?  Are we the kind of people who are willing to labor, struggle, toil, and work ever so diligently for the sake of the lost souls that surround us?  Are we willing to work for the maturity of others who know our Lord but have yet […]