“And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labour, for these are gifts from God.” [Ecclesiastes 3:13 NLT]

Work is a gift from God. It is the Father’s desire that we not only work but also long enjoy the fruits of our labour; “They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands” (Isaiah 65:22 NKJV.)

Having known this, the question now is what do you do for a living? What are you doing to activate this promise of God over your life? The blessing only applies to those who work with their hands. Jesus while on earth worked in His father’s carpentry shop. His disciples also had some thing doing before they were called. Matthew worked as a tax collector, Peter, James, John and Andrew were fishermen.

Just as God can do nothing on earth unless we ask Him to, the same way you cannot permit Him to bless you without having something doing.
No matter how little or small, just make sure you’re doing something. Look within yourself, there’s something you can do well. Identify these potentials and get your hands busy. If you’re gifted as a writer, write! If you’re gifted to teach, teach! If you are talented as a singer, look for opportunities to sing even if it’s for free. David had no intention of going into the palace to make money but to do what he loved doing, not knowing God was preparing him for the palace. Your gift or talent can be the key to the next phase of your life. Engage your gifts actively, whether it’s profiting now or not. Do it with the intention of giving back what God has given you and as a response to His love. Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord because surely there’s a reward; “Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation” (Romans 4:4 NIV). Also, the book of Ephesians 6 admonished that we should not be pleasers of men but of God.

Wherever you work, work heartily with a smile on your face keeping in mind that no matter who gives the order, you’re really serving God. SHALOM!

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