“Rest is good after labour.” is a common slogan among retirees; and those who are preparing for their retirement.
One undeniable fact is that there cannot be retirement without appointment. In most cases, a day of appointment is a day of joy and happiness. Receiving a letter of appointment by an employer brings relief in one form or the other. In many cases, hope is revived and new plans emerge.
Every wise worker begins planning for his retirement as soon as he is employed. This will dictate what will befall him in the evening of his life. What happens between the day of appointment and that of retirement will determine whether the worker will have rest after labour or not.
What does it mean?
One, it is not every employee who retires voluntarily or is retired enjoy rest after his labour. The activities of certain workers entitled them to be retired without any benefit. Their former activities on the records proved beyond reasonable doubts that they have not been faithful on their job in one way or the another. They ran the race of their working careers with blemish. Therefore at the point of their retirement, they were sent home without any entitlements.
These type of people will begin a new life of labour in the evening of their lives. These old men will start to do the work of youth. When will they have rest?
Two, there is another group of people who cannot enjoy rest after labour. Apart from going home without rights and privileges, they end up in incarceration because of the weight of atrocities committed during their working career. Can someone in incarceration proclaim “Rest is sweet after labour’?
He has no rest.
However, there are faithful workers who enjoy rest after their labour. This group of people not only receive their entitlements, they go home with unexpected gifts and celebration(s). They have encomiums poured on them because of their “meritorious services” during their working life.
Do you know that what obtains in the physical has its spiritual equivalence? Your first day of appointment on the earth is the day you were born into your family. In most cases, a day that a child is born is a joyful day. Sometimes, such a day is greatly celebrated.
Every child born has a day of death; he retires and go home. The Scriptures declares,
“For everything there is a season
A time for every purpose under
A time to be born,
And a time to die;” Ecclesiastes 3:1-12.
What transpires between the day you were born and the day you die will dictate what your rewards will be. You can be sure that you are entitled to a reward, good or bad! Which one do you want? The options are yours.
The Lord Jesus assures,
“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still;
He who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who
is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who
is holy, let him be holy still.
And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward
Is with Me, to give to everyone according
to his work.” Rev 22:11-12.
The Lord is a righteous Judge. He delivers His judgement ACCORDING to what each person’s work is. What do you want as your reward? Work for it. Begin today. If it has not been good, you can put on a new leaf today and continue in good work without being wearied. Work toward a good reward. This will give you the grace to hear words from the Lord, at the end of your life journey:
“Well done good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your hand Lord.” Matthew 25:21. New King James Version (NJKV)
Stay blessed and prepared for the coming of the Lord.