By Bishop Charles Agyinasare
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
To work, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is to be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a result. The Bible tells us that, God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) and He worked for six days and rested on the seventh day when He finished His work (Genesis 2:2). His first human creation was immediately employed. In today’s world Adam would have been a horticulturist, farmer, gardener, plantsman, groundsman or groundskeeper.
A working Christian is in the likeness of a working God, who created the universe and is still at work in our lives.
Come with me and let’s take a look at three reasons why we must work:
1. Working is wise use of your time
Ephesians 5:15-17 warns us that, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” It is wise to work than to sit slothfully.
2. Working gives you the means to feed your family
In the scripture above, Apostle Paul told the church of Thessalonica that, if any would not work, neither should he eat. The Bible also tells us in 1 Timothy 5:8 that, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” Working is a key way to make ends meet for one’s family.
3. Working is imitating Jesus Christ
Apostle John, in John 4:34, tells us, “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” It was even said of Jesus in Mark 6:3 that, “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?”. If Jesus worked, then we must also work!
Precious one,as we commit to work, God will meet us at our point of need.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I work diligently as unto You, let me lack nothing good, and bless the work of my hands, in Jesus’ name, Amen.