While away on an itinerant work, I picked my phone to speak with my wife. Then she told me what my daughter said while I was away. She said, “My Daddy should please take time and rest over there o.” I was touched with that statement. My children have always known me to be a worker since they were born. They have come to understand and appreciate the power of international living and the dignity of labour.

Friend, life must be lived intentionally if we are to make tangible progress. The scriptural equation for a life of success and relevance is seen in Romans 12:11; “Not slothful in business, fervent in the Spirit, serving the Lord”. You need a combination of a fervent heart and diligent hands to be able to get your portion in life.

The truth is, you have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). This means that the blessing is spiritual, but it can only translate into practical manifestation when you embrace diligence. This is why we would not all manifest the blessing equally even though we are blessed equally. How much of the blessings that would show in our lives is a function of the diligence we put into it.

If you see an Isaac that God gave a promise to in Genesis 26:1, you would immediately think that Isaac never needed to work again, but that’s not true. The scripture read that, “…Isaac sowed in that land…” (Genesis 26:12). This means that Issac gave expression to the spiritual blessing by working. Listen, you cannot be singing “standing on the promises, while all you are doing is sitting in the premises.” It does not work that way, you have got to work!

When God blesses you, you would work and work and work and work. If you are not ready to work, then don’t pray to be blessed. The blessing will demand that you work. When your clients base begins to grow, you would need to work more. When your Church begins to grow as a pastor, you would need to work more; counsel more, pray more, visit more etc. When you get a new promotion at your place of work, get ready to work more, get ready to be busier.

Perhaps, the reason God withholds or delays His blessings on a lot of people is because they lack the posture of diligence. God does not want to waste His blessings. As you go into today and this week, I want you to balance spiritual fervency with diligence. I want you to position yourself for the manifestation of God’s highest blessings. Do more than you have ever done before. Stretch more, work more, do more, and be more! The blessings are here! You will succeed!

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