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12/06/2022 03:00 - 13/06/2022 02:00

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat" - 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV). 

The idea of work has changed very much these days, far from the way it used to be from the days when a majority of people eked their living from farmland. Whereas a majority of people in the world still fetch their living from cultivating the ground, a lot more have since shifted to factories to produce goods and offices to supply services. More recently, as a result of the pandemic, there is a new move of workers from offices to homes.

Throughout all these avenues of work, whatever the means, God has provided that it is through hard work, where one can know of prosperity. The richest nations of the world also post some of the longest working hours. There are indeed industrialized nations, where work has become a sort of worship, such as in South Korea. There it has even become important to pass legislation for people to take rest. However, if anyone has any idea of enjoying prosperity it all starts with hard work!

The story of ants does reveal the value of work. These tiny creatures wherever they are dominate landscapes with mighty anthills. The interesting thing is, as the writer of Proverbs observed, they have “no commander, no overseer or ruler” (Prov 6:7). Ants are self-motivated. They rise on their own. Their work patterns involve plodding on in simple routine rather boring tasks but from which they raise castles. If a price could be put on all those anthills they  raise, ants would certainly score one of the highest GDPs of all creatures in the world.

The scriptures remind us that if we do not take heed like ants, and rather, engage in “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 6: 10- 11). If we desire to prosper, and hate poverty, let us so cherish work!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the gift of work, which you have given me, that through it I may prosper.

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    Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors  ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.

    Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).

    Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).

    Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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