Text: Acts 20:32-35
“that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,”
1 Thessalonians 4:11
Since the early years of our ministry, knowing how important our tithe was to the youth church we were pastoring, despite our full time government jobs, we still got involved in any legitimate business that could earn us extra income so that we could be channels of blessings to the student- populated church. Like Paul said, “nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,” (II Thes 3:8).
One day I invited a sister to come to our house to teach me how to make scotch egg and she laughed. She didn’t believe me until she saw that I was serious. Our house being on the students’ bypass, we made money by providing early morning snacks and hot tea from our car park-converted shop.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might….” (Ecc 9:10)
I believe, as it is often said, that life is in phases and men are in sizes. Laziness makes a person to prefer begging than labouring; the shame of idleness than the dignity of labour. A jobless
brother once said sometimes ago that he can’t accept any private or state government job except that of the federal government. He remained jobless for years leaning on the church’s welfare to feed his family. I have seen many who turned down offers and sat at home because the salary offered was lesser than expected. They want to start big instead of growing. Lazy people avoid working, using different excuses, such as long working hours, dirty job etc
Friends, start from somewhere and when you are faithful there, God will move you to the place where you should be. Do with all your might what your hands find and you will eventually find what you want to do. It is better to do dirty and humble job than to beg; to get half bread than to get none. It is more honourable to have small income than to be pitied.
1. Father, please help me to work hard and faithfully doing what my hands find now in Jesus name.
2. Father,please help me to labour with my hands so I will be a blessing and not a burden to my family, the church and others in Jesus name .
1. Working is a blessing but begging is a curse, so I chose work in place of begging.
2. If I can’t find what I want to do, I will do what my hands find with all my might and God will eventually give me what I want to do.