Monday, January 14, 2008

Rediscovering the Essence of work.

Life does not consist of the abundance of things a man possesses, neither does it consist of the clothes you wear or the type of food you eat.

Those things are good and are actually blessings from God, but they don't in themselves represent the worth of human existence. Life consists of the opportunities that are presented to you in its seasons as you go through the cycles of your existence and the amount of relevant work you are able to accomplish that would be of benefit to humanity.

One dignifying thing that God gave to man at creation was the nature of his work. True life is work. Jesus said "my meat (the core of my existence) is to do the will of my Father which is to finish the work he has given me".

Man was created to work and to derive the pleasure of his existence in the type of work that he did. Work was a blessing from God and not a burdensome thing. When man fell through sin, God said to him, the ground is now cursed because of your sin, all your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.

You will no longer find pleasure in your work. It will grow thorns and thistles unto you. The spiritual decline in humanity was reflected in his work place. Creativity and productivity slumped. Sin affected his work. Our perspective to work became a labourous necessary evil. From that day forward, the mind-set of humanity changed where we no longer found pleasure in working so we sought for pleasure through other media.

Lusts began to grow and to hold sway. Those who have found that the greatest pleasure a man can have is in the work he does, i.e. those who have found in their work what others are looking for by exploiting their lustful tendencies and the imaginations of their carnality, have discovered something close to what humanity lost at the garden of Eden.

These people have come into a natural flow of God's blessings that propels them to unfathomable heights. They take more pleasure in exploiting the creativity of their minds at work and conquering its challenges by fashioning out thought solutions, rather than in spending the material blessings that come through their labour. T

hose who have taken one step further by understanding that the greatest investment they can make with the material blessings they have received as the harvest of their labours and their creative service to humanity, is to give to the less privileged and to use their wealth to create opportunities for others to realise the fullness of their potential, would come into a joy full of glory.

Using the material blessings as an investment to create a platform for the wealth generated by their labour creates an inheritance of some sort within your family structure, hits the nail on the head. Wealth through work ought to be a generational blessing.

Discovering the mix in love and labour would restore man to his lost glory. If we remove labour from love, we are left with lust. We have got to understand the importance of work and its blessings. God instituted marriage in relation to work. Eve was created to be a help-mate.

A fellowship of minds at work. "It is on record that the men who have accumulated great fortunes and achieved outstanding recognition in literature, art, industry, architecture and the professions were motivated by the influence of a woman.

The research from which these discoveries were made went back through the pages of biography and history for more than two thousand years.

From the Desk of Pastor Poju

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