The truth that has to be said over and over is that to disobey God’s Word is to bring loss into your life, and to obey God’s Word is to bring prosperity into your life. Now when I share that with people, someone will always bring up the wicked people that are doing quite well for themselves, and they will tell me that they don’t go to church, they don’t read their Bible, but they are doing well… why?
Well, the answer is invariably because they work. A lot of Christians do not understand that God has designed them to work and to work hard. The blessing of God is not on your prayers but on the work of your hands.
The Lord shall give you His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in His season, and to bless all the work of thine hand (Deut. 28.12)
It is not just a good idea that you work, it is actually vital – Paul the apostle said that those who do not work should not even be fed (2 Thess. 3.10) and that they are busybodies (2 Thess. 3.11) because people without business of their own always seem to get their noses caught up in everyone else’s business! My advice to people is to stay away from people who refuse to work and is rebellious to having a job – don’t be their friends! And if you think that is a bit harsh, realize that it not my idea, it is also Paul’s:
And if any man obey not our word by this epistle [in other words, not working as per 2 Thess. 3.10-11], note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed (2 Thess. 3.14)
Note that man means that you should draw attention to them and let people know about the lazy person and stay away. That’s what the Scripture says – the only question you have is whether to obey it or not. I have lost more people from Tree of Life Church by telling them they need to go and get a job than anything else I have ever said to people. There is a culture of laziness that will always stop prosperity. That is why someone who never goes to church can be prosperous, but some Christians never prosper because they never produce. You have to produce to prosper.
But what if I lost my job? Well, while hunting another one and believing for another one you should still be productive. Joseph was put in jail, but still worked. It wasn’t a job, but it produced, and it highlighted the favour on Joseph’s life. You might not enjoy the job you have right now, but if you don’t learn to obey your boss, be productive, follow instructions you will never prosper in your future ever. God will have you repeat the class over and over until you learn this lesson!