Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THE DISCIPLINE OF WORK

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Gen 2:15

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
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The concept of work, i.e. gainful labor, employment, vocation or occupation was God’s idea because after God created man, He gave man work to do before sin came into the picture. Genesis 2:15. God Himself worked for six days prior to the creation of man before resting on the seventh day. Throughout the scripture, God teaches us to work and not to be idle or lazy. That is why He has put in us some gifts and talents so that we can use them to work. Exodus 18:20 tells us that there is a way we must walk and a work we must do. Luke 19:13 “So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.'” (NKJV). The purpose of our gifting is to work with it till the return of our Lord. We must not be scared or tired of working. In Genesis 1:28, God opens our eyes to the fivefold dominion mandate He gave us which begins with being fruitful. You can’t be fruitful if you are not engaged in some form of work. God wants to bless us, but He will not just bless you if you are idle, He wants to bless us by blessing the works of our hands. Psalms 90:17 (KJV) “And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” You must have a mind to work like the Jews of Nehemiah’s days; Neh. 4:6. You can’t access the blessings of the Lord if you are not diligent with your work. It is God’s will for us to work diligently and cheerfully with our hands. Prov. 10:4, Prov. 12:24, Prov. 13:4. Job 24:5 (KJV) “Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.” The revelation in this verse is that God has made provisions for your ‘wilderness’ to yield food for you and your posterity if only you will go forth to your work.

Go into today knowing that God is set to prosper the work of your hand. Bring Him into every work you do and see His grace at work in your work.

Prayer: thank you heavenly father for your great love, thank you for giving me the ability to do work. I pray dear lord that from toady I will see a greater dimension of your grace in my work, in Jesus name I pray. Amen

By Otuokon, Ubokudom

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