Praise the Lord for another day and to You O, Lord we offer ourselves unto you. Take ourlives and let it be consecrated to you so you can use us in anyway you please for your honour and glory. My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus work now for the time is coming when no man will see to work.
Turn with me to the Book of Proverbs 18:9 for our morning text.
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
When I was a little boy growing up was easy with caring parents who taught us the skills of working and making a living from an early age. It was that training that get me up 4:30 am daily preparing for the work day. The jobs assigned to us were inspected by my mother and the facial expressions would have either approval or simple not to her standard. Today I am still working on that approval hating laziness. In my mother’s eyes laziness was punishable with a belt or whatever was available at that time. My grandson at 29 months old is displaying the DNA of his great grandmother, my mother. Rising early and picking up after himself. Yes he wants to have his own way and there is where you have to apply the training technique. Early training is important for a successful academic life and successful generation.
We were trained to weed the garden, cut wood and prepare them to burn charcoal and crushing stones. Those jobs were honorable jobs without pay. It taught us a great lesson that if anyone does a good job, he will prosper. His work will be in demand and he will have to hire additional workers to help him. He will be able to ask top wages for his services. Whatever our job may be, if we do it well, we will prosper. Genesis 39-40 recounts the story of Joseph, who was an excellent worker. Everything he did prospered; even his work in jail brought a promotion.
The pace of today’s world is a hindrance to good workmanship. Sloth and disorganization reflect a lack of care and values. Many people take shortcuts that lower the quality of their work. They end up wasting time and money because their job must be redone. God is not wasteful. Jesus, after feeding the five thousand, commanded His disciples to gather up the leftovers so that nothing would be lost (John 6:12).
Though many of the younger generation are to be commended for their work, others have not been taught proper work habits and they have difficulty holding jobs. Children’s messy rooms are symptoms of the neglect of an entire generation of parents to teach their children work ethics. Many parents joke about the condition of their children’s rooms when they should be training them to keep them tidy. Proverbs 22:6 instructs us to “train up a child in the way he should go.” The key word here is train. Training is more than simply teaching a child how to be proficient at something. It also includes instilling in them a set of values through discipline. We need to train our children to do their best. Training others requires us to work patiently with them until the job is done correctly. Remember, most people do not do what we “expect” but rather what we “inspect.” Good teachers implant moral values along with proper instruction. If we have been negligent in any area pertaining to our work, we could be guilty of hurting our children or our witness for the Lord.“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). “With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men” (Ephesians 6:7).
Let us pray
Dear heavenly Father, thank you that You have given us a job and a task to do. Lord, let us not view work as a drudgery or an evil; rather, let us be grateful that we are able to work. Lord, let us work with joy, and not complain and whine about our lot in life. Let us realize that we are working for You and You shall promote and reward us, even as You did Joseph in the Bible. You use men as instruments of blessing in our lives, and let us also be instruments of blessing to others. In our work places let us be a blessing to those around us, and thank you for blessing us too. Strengthen us for each day’s tasks. Lord, use us each to contribute our portion to making this world a better place. I ask this in the Name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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