It was a while i presence myself in church,five to six month of absence i guess.I had been a “kubolor”.(locally used to describe someone who’s not punctual in the institution he/she finds his/her self.).So last sunday,i really meant to break that spell and visit church.So i went.
I was late.When i went,they’d prayed,sang praises and worship,payed offering,tithe and danced but the ‘word of God’,they’d not preached.I hesitated whether to remain or return home cuz whenever i attend church,truth saying;it’s for the praises(to dance and enjoy myself).I stayed for the word of God and i was really overwhelmed.The message was a concept i’d already wanted to understand so i would ask who ever shares the word of God with me but no one made it understandable.It was like God made me attend church to smash into that message purposely.The message was titled “CHRISTIANITY AND MONEY”.
All the time i’d wondered whether working on sundays were irregular especially to those in hospitality industry where there’s even less time one can spend with their family.My chef always use to tell me that;In hospitality industries,there’s no such thing as ‘My working time’,cuz you can be called to report to work anytime.This is due to the nature of the work.Even some pastors use to come and eat at the restaurant during church hours.He tells me this and sight examples whenever i seek an OFF-DAY on sunday.
It was worse for the wear.I couldn’t stand some church members of critical chasm on this issue.They taught my chef was cajoling me on the matter.But everybody in my field were obeying cuz its a must in the rules of the institution.I couldn’t just disobey or bleach my task-time in the workplace unless i quit work.So i turned deaf ear and continued my work cuz i cant quit work and sit home to die of hunger.Although in everything,we must put God first.
The pastor read 2 KINGS 4:1-7 which indicates that;”(A man worked very hard in church but when he died he owed people so his wife and children were to suffer for the debt……….cont)”.Meaning the man wasted his time in the church thinking he’s doing God’s work so he didn’t work for living.He relied on people’s loans and charity.He termed those people of same fate ‘FOOLISH CHRISTIANS’.With this,he didn’t say we shouldn’t feed our soul or do God’s work,but rather be mindful and tactical in all our endevours.
He continued that money is very important or essential in this life so we should respect,work hard to acquire with prayer and God’s guidance and use it wisely,but one shouldn’t misuse it to the negative influence on others.Some may criticize that its in the bible;one shouldn’t think about worldly object but the kingdom of God.Well i think my pastor being so realistic of modern circumstances in accordance to poverty,i could sense he was creating awareness to the congregation that a positive workaholic will always be blessed but should also be fruitful in the Lord.
He further explained on the duties of a person in the church in relation to that of the household;that the church is the abode of God and needs positive consistent effective managing.And that if one can’t handle their household,how much more the church.Sighting examples of quotations again on(1Timothy 3:4-5 and 1Timothy 5:7-8).
He concluded on ECCLESIASTES 10:5-7.Where he went back to pinch on poverty which is due to the borrowed minded ignorant corrupted leaders destroying the society.So each and every individual that breaths should work regardless their situation for the betterment of their homes and personal life.And then one shouldn’t be idle and always pray for money from God,for God cannot throw money from the skies to people who are not working on earth.He made it clear that,God will never fail us as he promised.So when we work we should pray hard and God will make a way.We should work according to whatever and wherever positive occupation positions we find ourselves inn and shouldn’t judge but always pay our tithe to show our appreciation for his deeds for his faithfulness is for ever sure.AMEN!!