When she told me she was picking up another stream of income, I almost stopped her. I was like; “What’s your stress? What are you looking for that you don’t currently have?” But I noticed she had given herself to productive labour. This explains why she’s always afloat financially. She had learnt not to underwork.

Friend, don’t underwork. You must always remember that divine prosperity is released on the platform of work. Any gospel that promotes laziness is not the gospel of the Kingdom (Ephesians 4:28, 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 2 Thessalonians 3:10). It is a grave scam to preach a prosperity message that undermines the dignity of labour (Proverbs 13:11, 14:23). This is a Kingdom of work. The patriarchs laboured, the apostles laboured, Jesus worked, and God is still working (Genesis 26:12-14, John 5:17).

Any faith that pushes all responsibilities to God is an irresponsible faith (2 Kings 4:7). Like the wife of one of the sons of the prophet, you need to understand that the prophetic can multiply the oil, but you would need to do the selling. If you are not ready to sell, then be prepared to be poor even though you are blessed (Proverbs 21:20). Work is what gives expression to the blessing (Genesis 1:28, 2:15).

I have never considered myself as not working for the past nine years of full-time ministry, so I know that I qualify for divine provisions by His mercies (John 9:4). What some people call full-time ministry is actually full-time laziness. Listen, it does not matter what area of life you are functioning in; career, business, ministry, etc., you must work. Don’t see work as a burden. See it as a blessing. See it as a necessity (John 9:4).

You are either selling goods, offering services, or contributing your quota to an ongoing productive work somewhere. To ever say that you are unemployed is to frustrate the economy of grace in your life. Even if you don’t have a paid job, hire yourself, volunteer somewhere (Matthew 20:1-7). Pastor, do more than preaching on Sunday and Wednesday, explore other dimensions of your ministerial calling (1 Corinthians 15:9-10).

Grace is never an excuse from labour. It is an empowerment to labour (1 Corinthians 15:10). What you call LUCK is simply an acronym for “Labouring Under Correct Knowledge.” Favour is not for the lazy. The purpose of favour is to flavour your labour. Without labour, favour will elude you. God can only prosper your work, not your wish (Psalms 1:3). Did you hear?

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