Understand Time, Purpose, and Work (3)
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. - 2 Timothy 2:2
Yesterday, we looked at understanding time and purpose, but today I want us to consider “work”.
God uses our work to bless us but the work that brings maximum result is purposeful work. That is why we pray. We must be led by the Spirit of God. Your best may not be enough because the work is not purposeful. Do not just work for working sake. Saul embraced work in going to look for the asses; God hid the animals to bring his purpose to pass (I Samuel. 9:3). God orchestrated them to do his will. Kingship was waiting for Saul, as he went to work. There are things waiting for your discovery but if he had told his father that he would not be going, he would have missed the opportunity. Time, purpose, and work go together. To do excellent work, you must be faithful, and you must improve your skill. Do not excuse failure, for the sky is wide enough for every bird to fly.
Faithfulness and competence go together, but faithfulness is always ahead of competence. God will not do what you can do for yourself. God wants you to do your part; develop yourself. Solomon, the wise man, surrounded himself with faithful and capable people. Do not allow around you, unfaithful people. To be faithful is to be loyal, sincere, and committed to the cause.
Every nation that promotes ability above faithfulness will fail. Competence is developed but faithfulness is a matter of integrity. A faithful man manifests integrity in everything. A man is as good as his word. Our nation is in trouble today because we are looking for able people and not faithful people. Faithful men must come before able men. Competence means ability; everyone has ability, God gave us different measures of ability. There is no reason to compete or compare yourself to another. The unprofitable servant said, “I can't beg, and I can't dig but he knows what he can do.” He could make money to work for him; because like many they do not know where their abilities lie. Many bury their talents and expose their fear, like the man with one talent.
Matthew 25:14 says for the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his good. The man travelling in this parable represents Jesus; He gave each of the servants what they can handle. There is no one without grace, skill, and talent. Do your part and be useful. Do not go about begging. Do something with your life. The unprofitable servant is more honourable than many people. He said, “I cannot beg”. so, he started to think about the future (Luke 16:3). You must make a success of what you have. Instinct should tell you what you must do. Your life will be marked with success and blessings as you trade with what you have been given. The man with one talent went to bury his potential and expose his fear. God punished him for being indifferent and for not investing his potentials. As you engage in work, God’s favour will work for you. Do not expose your fear. Bury your fear, expose your potentials.
Prayer: In the name of Jesus, I resist the spirit of fear and I will not be in bondage to the enemies of my destiny. I refuse to take side with negative situations as I choose to deliberately dream of a better life in Jesus name
Further Reading: Matthew 25:24-30
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Nehemiah 5:14-7:73; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Psalm 33:1-11; Proverbs 21:8-10