The Lord’s kingdom is a kingdom of LOVE. Expressing this spiritual love in heaven goes well beyond angels merely hugging or kissing each other all day long.
Angelic love is a way of living. Love finds its true expression and existence in accomplishing things.
Here on earth, we work and labor to put a roof over our heads and food on the table. We work to get paid. But the angelic approach to work goes deeper, much, much deeper.
Angels work for the sake of goodness and from the principle of deep and sincere love for others. This is the secret of turning toil into pure heavenly joy. We humans can acquire this angelic love!
Spiritual vocation is a form of true worship (not simply attending church). Why? Because true worship consists in our following the Lord’s great commandments of loving “God and the neighbor.” Real religion consists of sharing one’s God-given talents with others. Goodness and mutual love is faith put into living action.
We love God by loving God’s teachings. We love the neighbor by applying these teachings to our lives and activities. In this way we serve God’s ends.
So two things are needed for spiritual success – God’s truth and a sincerity of heart.
What we sometimes forget is that doing good deeds is not enough. Good deeds are only authentic when they are done from spiritual principles.
Doing “good” from spiritual principles, that is, from God’s tenets, purifies our hearts. Otherwise the services we provide for others will be for our own sakes, which can corrupt the whole works by putting ourselves above others, and preferring our own notoriety or promotion.
Think about it. Two individuals can perform the same good deed, yet from two entirely different principles. One is selfish while the other is selfless and humble.
This is how God judges the “fruits of our labors.” Not just from the outer performance of the deed, but from the inner principle guiding the action of the deed.
Celebrating Labor Day from a state of spiritual enlightenment is to celebrate God’s very gift of life.
I will even wager that the hot dogs and brats will taste better this weekend for those who celebrate Labor Day from an “elevated” heart.