For Whom Do You Labor    (Who you working for)

Everyone I know is working and laboring for something whether it is a new car, boat, motorcycle or house, the children’s education, that promised vacation and your retirement;  we are all working toward a goal, which represents our reward for our labor. 

As child or young adult you too are working and laboring for something.  You might be working to maintain high grades in school, because your GPA is important to you. Or perhaps you are working to be respected among family members and friends by following their rules of conduct.  Laboring to be appreciated and respected among your family and peers is a very important job and never to be taken likely. 

My brothers and sisters, we all are laboring for something and someone.  Whether that somebody is the boss on the job or the love ones at home we are working for someone.  In some cases those persons we are laboring for belong to a group or organization we have associated and aligned our self. 

But, at the end of the day everyone is expecting a reward for their labor; I’m talking about a payday and a paycheck.  We expect to be compensated by whatever terms we have agreed upon; we want our paycheck on payday and nobody better mess with our money.

Listen, the work you do can identifies you, but it tells the world little about you.  What makes the difference is our laboring inside of our work.  What you put in your work; you will get out of your work.   If you put little in you get little out.  If you put nothing in then you get nothing out!  But if you put much in your work you will get much out of your work! 

The first thing most people are curious about when meeting new people is the  type of work they do.  In this way the people inquiring can make a snap judgment about your ID, IQ, Income, Influence, Aptitude and your Address. 

So never again tell a person that you are working for peanuts.  They immediately assume the wrong thing about your IQ and ID.  They might look at you like a monkey working at the zoo and living in a cage.  Well maybe not to this extreme but you know what I mean.  People will assume the worst before the best.  Amen. 

So never tell another person when asked what you do “Nothing”.  Because, remember if you ain’t got nothing you ain’t going to get nothing.  Say amen.

 And as long as we are on this topic:  “For Whom Do You Labor”

Make very sure you are working and laboring for the right thing.  Don’t be like Lucille, who boost that she is working the system.  Lucille has seven children and is getting support for them all, but set out one day to find someone to fall in love with her just so she could work him; as well as the system.  Anybody know a Lucille in here? 

So Lucille set out to find a BMW...  And once finding him and marrying him she now boost to her girlfriends she is getting two big fat checks and looking for a third.  Somebody ought to say to Lucille “Your labor is in vain”.  Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it:  Psalms 127:1

So what I’m trying to say is simply this:  we must provide an honest day’s work for an honest day’s paid.  Amen.  Can we have a sidebar discussion for a minute?

I don’t know if you have ever seen people holding up a cardboard sign over their heads that say “I will work for food”.  I don’t know if you have ever hired one of these people soliciting to work from you.  I don’t know if you would ever pick up a stranger for hire.  Would you do that by the way?

Maybe we ought to suggest to those people to change their appeal on the sign to read “I need money for food” and if that don’t do just say “I need food”.  I’m certain their help they would increase.  So my tip to the hustler for hire is this:  “If you want to be heard make sure you are saying the right word.”  Amen.

Let’s move on, the bible teaches us that Jesus said, John 6: 27.  Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endured unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 28.  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 

29.  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe (include) on him whom he hath sent. 


To the disenfranchised and unemployed and underemployed throughout the region, around America and the world, today I say to you.


After you have done all you can and can’t stand; when your work is discounted or outsourced across the ocean Jesus says, Matthew 11: 28.  Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  What Jesus is talking about is a “Set Aside” time with Him to Rest, to Review and to be Renewed.


Exodus  9:20   Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

 10.  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

 11.  For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  One day for Rest, Review and Renew your strength.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King told us if we are a street sweeper, sweep the streets so well that the angels in heaven will stop and take note that there go the best street sweep in the world.

Unless the Lord is in the work they labor in vain that work.

I ask you the question again “For Whom Do You Labor”  (Who you working for)

If you are working and laboring to just get paid, to get a paycheck or a good grade in class or a pat on your back then you will have your reward here on earth, but then Christ is allowed to join in your worker you are laboring with heaven on earth and your glory is in Him.  Your paycheck will come on the right payday and it includes your bonus of eternal life.  Amen. So start now to rethink “For Whom Do You Labor” (Who you working for) and say Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and Him only!


Preached by:  Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr.,

I.C.U., Ministries, Inc., Sept. 31, 2008