|Saturday, November 9, 2019|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. “2 Tim 2:25
ou might have heard “Hard work does not kill, work hard”. Hearing the necessary is good, doing the necessary is better. Every one wants to be rich, famous, become popular or be a celebrity. That is the top region, the issue is how do we get there? Let us agree we need to have and climb a ladder. Where is the ladder? The ladder formation and climbing process is what is called - hard work. The mechanism is - work hard.
We are in an age of instant success. Drive through. Fast track. Work smart. I believe in those terminologies, but I’ll like you to know they don’t replace hard work. The brain behind many technological breakthroughs and innovations did not get there by drive though. It took years of toiling. In technology ask Thomas Edison, Alexander Bell, The Wright Brothers. In finance ask the Bill Gates, Warren Buffets, Dangotes, Abiolas. In academia- The Chinua Achebes, The Wole Soyinkas, Albert Istern. Even in the spiritual, starting with biblical characters: the height Jesus attained, Joseph, Jacob, Paul, Peter. Step down to spiritual juggernauts of the past Century- The Likes of Joseph Seymour, John G. Lake, Joseph Ayo Babalola. All these and many more had one common denominator - they worked hard !
What the Holy Spirit is saying today is that we must encourage hard work in our generation.
Hard work in a positive way. Because many work hard but in a negative way. Those who are into cybercrime, kidnapping or armed robbery are working hard, engaging themselves in anti- social and anti-progressive endeavours.
What does hard work entail, Why is Paul telling Timothy to work hard.? A young Mentee of mine is just transitioning from doing ministry from Africa to North America. This is the note I sent to him. “Great. Happy for you. Welcome to the Western world, one more time. Work hard. Don’t be carried away by funfare. Church planting here is real work. Never forget that !”
What are the ingredients of hard work. What did Paul mean by telling Timothy work hard?
Conclusion. Paul understood how he got to where he was. Read 2 Cor 11:23-33. The night journeys, the shipwrecks, the beatings, the troubles from false( fake) brethren and gave the golden advice- work had so that you can present yourself to God. Brothers and sisters it is only those who work hard that have something to present to their generation and to God. Enlist in the army today!