July 12, 2019

Hard Work Rewarded - Bro. T. Stephen

My   Dear    Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus  Christ our Lord.  The blessed word  that God has  given  for  you  today  is  from the book of Genesis 30:43 “And the man increased exceedingly and had much cattle, and maid servants, and men servants and camels, and asses.”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, from the above context we learn that Jacob prospered in the house of his uncle  Laban because of his hard work. Firstly He tended sheep. His salary was changed ten times by his unkind uncle. Later he partnered along with his uncle in sheep rearing and earned much. Only after becoming exceedingly prosperous he returned to his homeland Canaan. He says, “While crossing Jordan this staff was my only treasure.  It is the staff that the Lord gave me in my hand. I held on to this staff, and departed to my uncle’s place from my father’s home.” We see from the above context how Jacob worked hard to make a good living. Jacob held on to the staff that the Lord had given him till the very end.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Are you making use of your talents that the Lord has given you?  The master gave five talents to his servant and when he came back the servant gave the master double the talents by working hard and making a good profit in his business. The master appreciated his hard effort.  God also will appreciate your hard work.    Therefore make use of the talents that God has bestowed into your hands.  The Lord has blessed you with a good education. You have acquired a good degree, so you must make a good income or earn well by putting up hard work.  You must earn your royal bounties.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, We often see how much pain parents take to give sound education to their children, they at times face problems because of them and are forced to stand before the Principal and face shame and humiliation too, yet for the sake of their children they bear it all cheerfully.   But some children fail to make use of their education and hurt their parents by not going to work. They become lazy and stay at home, instead of working hard. Such children can never prosper in their life.  Everyone wishes to come up in life.  No one ever wants to go down in life. To become a great person, you must work hard with the staff that you have in your hand.     

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jacob was very strong in his decision, that he would not go back to his homeland until he became a wealthy man. Only after he had earned well and made a lot of wealth he went to his homeland.  That should be your decision too. That you will work hard and become great in life. There is nothing impossible to them that believe in God. For all things are possible to him who believes. May God bless you to earn your Royal Bounties.

Prayer:  Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day.  Lord thank you for the staff you have given us to earn a better living. Teach us to make use of the staff carefully. Help us to work hard and aspire to be great in life. Give us the strength to work hard. May we like Jacob, make good decisions in our life and achieve greater heights.

In Jesus name we pray.


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