ENJOY YOUR WORK

Sometime ago, we invited a guest speaker to one of our meetings. As he stepped up to minister, he said something that lingered in my heart; “One of the things I like about your pastor is that he is not only a sound teacher. He also enjoys teaching.” Well, I appreciated that remark, but it got me thinking. So, I asked myself; “Why won’t I enjoy my work since it is what I’m going to do all my life?”

Friend, enjoy your work. The truth is, if you enjoy your work, you will never have to work a day. Work then becomes fun. You either do what you love or love what you do. But there is no way you are going to succeed maximally in something you don’t love (Psalms 19:5, John 4:34). Perhaps this is why a lot of people are frustrated today; they don’t enjoy their work.

Enjoying your work begins with knowing that it is what you should be doing with your life. Twenty years ago, God told me that He had ordained me to be a preacher of the gospel (Isaiah 61:1). I have carried that conviction since then, and it has helped my commitment and consistency. What about you? Do you have conviction for what you are doing?

We need men of conviction, not just men of vision. What vision starts, conviction will continue, and commitment will finish (Acts 26:19, 22). Most people are only excited about what God has told them about their lives, but they need to realize that the excitement would soon fizzle out without the right conviction and commitment.

Enjoying your work is a decision. There would be difficult times. Sometimes, you would feel like throwing in the towel (2 Corinthians 4:5-12). Great people don’t follow their feeling; they follow their conviction with the right decision (Psalms 118:24). You can either grumble at your work or do it with joy. But you would still have to do it. Wisdom demands that you decide to do it with joy (Acts 20:24).

Enjoying your work means finding better ways to do it (Ecclesiastes 10:10, 15). I have found a better way to do my work of preaching and teaching. I see our church congregation as a family. We connect deeply. I minister to them as though we were having family conversations. No pressure at all. We are just enjoying ourselves under God. What better ways can you do your work to unlock the fun in it?

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