Revelation of the Word Revelation of the Word
THEME: LABOR  ‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‬ ‭”Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭... Revelation of the Word


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‬ ‭”Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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-Jesus calls us to depend on Him all the time; essentially because life is generally full of ups & downs. He gives us comfort & strength to push on however rough the road becomes. Christ calls us to approach His throne of mercy with confidence that we may receive His salvation & grace.

-Labor in Hebrew is written as amal which means to work or discover & become what you were created to be through self manifestation.
-Work originated right from creation when God created the heavens, earth & all the host of them in 6 days & rested on the seventh. The same command was passed to us; that we also labor for 6 days & rest on the seventh; the Sabbath day (Ex‬ ‭20:9-10).‬ God then placed man in the garden of Eden to work & take care of it (Gen 2:15). He provided water from a river which split into four river-heads yet it had not rained, giving us an indication that God makes a way for us to prosper in our labor as we continue to seek Him. ‬‬‬‬‬‬In the modern society unfortunately, laziness has become the norm where both the old & the young chase fantasies day & night‬‬‬. They gamble the little resources that they have in the hope of becoming rich yet end up wasting time, resources & their gifts without notice. These kinds of addictions even drive some to evil vice like stealing with the same hope of making it in life. ‬‬King Solomon writes that, those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense (Pro 12:11). This is an emphasis that people should work & stop chasing after vain things; to receive that which they desire most. Apostle Paul also echoes the same sentiments when he writes that; those who steal should stop & labor to ensure they have resources for themselves & others who rely on them (Eph 4:28). This might be rooted from the commandment, “thou shall not steal” which can be in form of: – corruption, perverting justice by giving or taking bribes, depriving the poor justice in court, failing to pay workers, taking other people’s property, robbery with or without violence, cyber crime, fraud & forgery for self gain, failing to pay tithe or taxes, extortion, moving boundary walls or encroaching others fields etc. Apostle Paul tells the Thessalonians that; he & his team worked day & night; given that he was a tent maker, so that they may not become a burden to them in their visit. He also proposed that those who do not work should not eat & encouraged them to work in quietness eating their own bread; & condemned busybodies (‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬2 Thes‬ ‭3:8-12).‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ We are therefore reminded to exercise integrity & toil with patience for the benefit of self & those who need us most, however big the temptation to steal becomes. In Ecc 5:18-19; we are told that it is good, ones heritage & a gift from God for us to become rich, to eat; drink & enjoy the fruit of our labor. To note; not everyone has the ability to work maybe due to sickness, not everyone who labors becomes rich & not everyone who becomes rich enjoys his/her labor but it is only through Gods’ mercy & blessings. We are therefore called to work with all our heart in whatever we do for by this we serve Christ & not human masters for the promise of receiving a reward of the inheritance (Col‬ ‭3:23-24). This inheritance is the heritage which is passed down from one generation to the next; for a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children (Prov 13:22). Through sacrifice in our work; where we offer the best possible effort & intellect which causes a positive impact in the society, we utilize our skills & gifts; & God will most definitely reward us according to His merciful love.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Almighty Father we bless You & exult Your mighty name. We humbly ask You to help all those who are jobless or unproductive in our nation; that they may be able to work for their own good & that of generations to come. Many are lost in gambling & others are stealing, deliver them Lord from such addictions & transform them to become responsible citizens. Forgive us all our sins Lord, those we have committed either knowingly or unknowingly & remember them no more Father full of mercy. We cast all our burdens & heavy loads unto You Lord; that we may find peace in all things. Bless the work of our hands Father & have mercy on us; that we may not labor in vain. Give us strength to eat, enjoy all that You have given us & give us long lives full of peace. All glory, honor, strength, riches & blessings belongs to You Lord, forever & ever. Amen

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