It’s Labor Day in the United States. A day that honors the contributions of the working person. The bittersweet “last” day of summer. And, if you follow fashion custom, your final day to wear white.
In the 1950s, showing up to work in white seersucker after Labor Day was fashion suicide. But even today, there are plenty of folks (hi, Mom) who will tuck away their whites until next summer.
The book of Revelation has something to say about wearing white. In John’s vision of heaven, an elder asked, rhetorically, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” And then he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’” (Revelation 7:13-17).
This Labor Day, as you put your workaday woes momentarily behind you, as you pause before reentering the hurry-scurry of fall, look to the Lamb at the center of the throne. Your Savior renews you. Your labor is blessed because of Jesus.
He dresses you in white.