Hard Work is Indispensable
THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Month Theme: The Anointing
Topic: Hard Work is Indispensable
Scripture Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-15
2 Corinthians 8:21
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
We often speak about the grace of God as if it is a magical wand. The grace of God is not an excuse for laziness. If we don’t work, poverty and failure will plague our lives. The anointing is not a substitute for hard work. It rather induces us to work hard. The biblical word for hard work is diligence. A person who works on his or her land is satisfied with food but the one who follows vain (worthless) people lacks understanding. Diligent people rule over those who are lazy (Proverbs 12:11, 24). Those who have the anointing to exercise dominion in places and situations are diligent people. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule. Lazy people cannot reign; they cannot influence the environment. The lazy man doesn’t lead; he is rather kept under bondage. The hand that will not work cannot feed the mouth either.
The apostle Paul reserved some harsh words for believers who were not working among the Thessalonians. He referred to them as people who were walking disorderly – in other words, they did not live a structured life according to the pattern he had set for believers. The apostle directed that such people should not eat and well behaved believers should not keep company with them (2 Thessalonians 3:6-12). People who operate in the anointing don’t sleep as much as others do. While most people insist on sleeping eight hours every day, people who want to excel often sleep less. If we fail to work hard, we will either become beggars or thieves. There are several beggars who are not in tattered clothes neither are they physically or mentally handicapped.
Such beggars hide behind the cloak of religion, family or politics and ask for unmerited favours. Other people become thieves by refusing to work. They cheat others and use tricks, lies and religious craftiness to extort things from others.The Bible does not exempt any healthy person from hard work. Even “widows indeed” in Paul’s day had to continue in supplications and prayers night and day to merit the support of the church (1 Timothy 5:5-8). Supplications and prayers require hard work. Elders were to be counted worthy of double honour (adequate financial support – Amplified Bible) only if they laboured in the word and doctrine (1 Timothy 5:17-18). A minister who will not work hard in prayer and study of the Word of God to build up God’s people with sound doctrine is unqualified for double honour. Erratic and aimless movement is unspiritual. Some people cannot stay at one place for three hours. They move around. They don’t concentrate on anything. They want to have an easy life. In normal life, from seed time to harvest time is hard work all the way.
Prayer: Pray for the strength to work, and the strength to enjoy what you have worked for.
“The Structured Anointing” by Eastwood Anaba
( Find e-books at www.amazon.com)