Recently, we had a special workers meeting in church. I had to hurry up so I won’t be late for the meeting. My daughter was so moved by my dedication to the meeting that she asked; “Daddy, why are you in a hurry to go? Are you a worker?” My response to her was; “Yes, I am a worker. I am first a Christian, then a worker before being a pastor.” I think I should also ask you; “Are you a worker?”

Friend, are you a worker? Being a worker is not a title. It is work. There are many workers today who are not really working (John 5:17). There are a lot of employees in organisations who are doing nothing but waiting for their pay cheques. When it comes to the kingdom, there is no place for loafers. You are either working or not working.

Your job is different from your work. Your job is what you are employed to do while your work is what you spend your time doing. You can be employed as an office secretary, but you spend your time on social media doing nothing productive (2 Thessalonians 3:11). Be careful of satanic entanglements. Whereas God engages us for the right purpose, the devil wants to entangle us for the wrong thing.

Are you really a worker? Don’t spend the bulk of your precious time doing nothing. The kingdom of God forbids idleness (Matthew 20:1-7). Idleness predisposes you to temptations (2 Samuel 11:1-5). Idleness would stifle divine abilities in you. The main purpose of work is to release our potential. An idle man can be very loaded but empty at the same time (Proverbs 21:20). You will never know what you can do until you step into the zone of work.

God has promised to bless the work of our hands, not just the prayers on our lips (Deuteronomy 28:12). If you pray so well but work so little, you will only be spiritually blessed but physically bankrupt (Ephesians 1:3). The way to translate your spiritual blessings to material tangibility is through the channel of work. Have the right attitude towards work. Work is not a curse. It is a blessing.

Don’t only work for what to get. Work for what to become. What you become via work is your greatest reward for working (Genesis 32:10, Colossians 3:23-24). When you become the right person, you will attract the right blessings and opportunities. Like my daughter asked me, don’t be a pastor who is not doing the work of the ministry. Don’t be a business executive who is executing nothing. Are you a worker?

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria