THEME: BIBLICAL BUSINESS PRINCIPLES
“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
-The Bible is a manual that touches on every aspect of our lives including business and economy. The first business principle is that we need to be diligent in our work and desist from laziness. Diligence by definition means to have or show care, and conscientiousness in one’s assignment, work or duties. Proverbs 24:33-34 discloses that laziness is a root cause of poverty. It sates that, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” God is calling each one of us to be diligent in our work and ensure that we work hard towards our vision and purposes for the glory of His name. The virtuous woman as revealed in Proverbs 31:27 was a diligent worker who did not eat the bread of idleness. Unfortunately today, some young men and women in our society are lazy and do not desire to work. Others rely fully on their parents and do not take time and effort to look for informal opportunities or even formal jobs; but keep giving excuses. Some rely on ‘sugar mammies’ or ‘sugar daddies’’, and remain at home with the hope that their bills will be settled. Some Christians pray and do not take the required actions to actualize their God given talents, not knowing that faith without work is dead. God is calling us today to wake up from our sleep and work hard, as if we are working for Him.
Dear Almighty Father we come before You today with thanksgiving in our hearts. We appreciate You for You have been our good Father. We love You dear Jesus, thank You for loving us first. May You forgive us all our sins dear Jesus and wash us with Your precious blood. May You cover all You have given us with Your hedge of fire. We come to Your throne of grace with boldness that we may obtain grace and mercy to help us during our time of need. We are nothing without You dear Jesus, may You increase as we decrease. You are the Vine and we the branches, may You help us to bear much fruit for the glory and honor of Your name. We surrender our hearts to You Holy Spirit, may You take over and guide us throughout the week. May You go before us and level the mountains. May You provide for us fresh opportunities that we may blossom and excel in all our work, purposes, vision and mission. May You teach us to work as if we are working for You merciful Savior. May our lives always be a reflection of Your love in all aspects. May we imitate You dear Jesus as Your ambassadors. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Proverbs 12:24, Colossians 3:23-24
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