By Pastor Steve K Mpofu
I sometimes sit and listen diligently with interest when people talk about who they work for, how much they earn and the things they have achieved back home with their earnings.
They are often proud or grateful for the positions, roles they hold in those organisations or the wages they receive. All this is good, we all deserve it and rightly so to be proud about it. Hard work pays, others have been to School, Colleges and Universities to acquire those qualifications that empower them to occupy those offices.
All that is good, this is the way of life. Some have worked very hard to reach those higher levels in whatever they do. My fellow brothers and sisters are doing very well in various occupations worldwide, e.g., those who work in the NHS, Education, and Business sectors and I am so proud and happy for them. However, I would like to provoke a thought today, constructively from the word of God.
From the book of Romans Chapter 6 verses 23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. What a profound, yet direct and soul searching statement. Sin pressurizes us work at the end of it, the wages is death. I am not talking about the kind of employers we work for in the cities, e.g., London or Gauteng, this is spiritual. In contrast, God has a gift not wages to those that abide in him.
When was the last time you received a gift? I suppose you will agree with me that you did not sweat for the gift, but you worked hard for your wages. In reflection, “this is not fair”. The devil is so cruel, yet we do not see it. There is no two way about it. For every work done, the expectation is that there must be a return or reward in the form of wages, salary or material.
In the modern society we live in, one would take you to court if they employ their skills to complete a task and at the end of the day receive no nothing or they world term it modern slavery. Most of the people are at work even right now and expect an income at the end of the week or month. So what’s the deal? Doing nothing or doing by default it has an outcome at the end of the day. If one spends the whole day doing nothing, the law of nature says, one will be tired, hungry or regret why they did not do this or that, eventually it will turn out to be a day wasted.
It is the same in the spirit, as it is in the physical. If we don’t work for God, we work for the devil. How can the scripture say the “wages of sin”, this clearly directs my attention to how closely linked these guys are; devil, demons, and sin. Sin and Lucifer work hand in hand, they are “cousins”. The bible tells us that, God is love and he loves us all but hates sin, for example, violence, murder, theft, robbery, lying and idolatry. So, God hates the devil and those that abide to his contractual terms of employment. When one lies, steals, they would be committing a sin. What do I mean? The bible says in Galatians 5vs19, 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.When one commits murder or lie they will be fulfilling those terms of employment, and their “employer” will be the devil (the bibles says he is the father of all lies), because all those attributes represent devil’s character. But we have a loving God, who does not want us to die. Sin leads to death.
We all know that, if I may give an example, fornication is one of the sins that God hates and can take one to the grave if they do no repent. We know a few people that are now history because of the sin of fornication. A lot of people have died today because of sin. There is spiritual and physical death, my humble view is that the spiritual sin is the serious one, because my soul is the real me.Once you are dead spiritually the physical one will follow suit and that is more serious. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. God wants me and you to have eternal life, and that can only be found in him. By giving my life to God, by taking his cross and follow him. By saying Lord I want to work for you, I surrender all to you. It is never late, and with God you will not be worker or a servant of God but he will adopt you into his family and you will become his/her child. When that happens the benefits are endless, not only will you be guaranteed eternal life, mercy, joy and blessings will follow you for the rest of your life.
My question to you today is, whose side are you on today, God or the Devil? With all the work you’re doing, what kind of wages are you expecting? You can make a decision today, review your life, check, stock take your life, check your works they will tell you on who’s side you are on? I do not want you to die and lose heaven because of the devil. I chose to be on Jesus’s side because there is life. I encourage you today to make the same choice. Sin destroys, sin kills, sin has no young or old, it has no respecter of person or race, but today you can take your life back and be in full control. God has good things for you, he said in Jeremiah 29vs 11 “the plans I have for you is to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Living in sin brings no bright, happy future sin but death.
In closing, I want you to know that you are constantly in Gods mind, as long as you decide to leave it all to him. Let him be your BOSS, let him be your “Employer” he will look into your very needs and reward you fairly and more abundantly for every work you do for him. He will take care of your finances, your health, children, marriage, career aspirations and all those other things you need. Who else can do that except my God, no “employer” would be able to match all those benefits? I recommend Jesus to you today. Choose Jesus.
Steve K Mpofu is a pastor at Christendom Pentecostal Church, Swindon and he can be contacted on Stephebn@hotmail.com