Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. – Ephesians 4:28
There’re many who believe the reason they should work is so they can make ends meet, or earn a living. But that’s not what the Word of God teaches. Our opening scripture reveals that the reason you ought to work is do you would have to give; you work to “make a giving”, not a living. Some people live as though the Bible says, “Your God shall supply all your needs according to how much you’re paid at your work of work”. You need to look to the Lord as your source of income and livelihood, and not to your job or business. He supplies all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Natural circumstances may try to force you to believe that your job or business is the only means by which you can receive money, but refuse to let such a thought rule your life. The Bible didn’t say, “Work, that you may have money”; rather, it says, “Work that you may have to give”. Your job is a medium or channel through which you bless others and in so doing, you also are rewarded (Proverbs 11:24-25). Remember that, “…it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Giving is God’s established medium to prosper you financially (Read Acts 20:35 and Proverbs 10:22). Therefore, it doesn’t matter how much you’re paid at your job or business, never take it as your source of income. This doesn’t in anyway mean that you handle your job with levity. Do your job with excellence and shun mediocrity, and the Lord will promote you.
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Heavenly Father, I recognize you as my source of wealth and prosperity. I rejoice to know that I can always rely on you to supply all my needs according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus! I look up to you today, and always for my promotion and prosperity. Amen.
Further Study/Reading: Psalm 23:1-5; Psalm 121:1-2