Strength For Sunday and Beyond-Pastor Lawrence O. Obisakin, Ph.D, DCE
Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
God finished his work and rested. You need to work hard in the day and also rest well after labour. Rest is sweet but after labour; good profitable works. Jesus our role model works hard. Hear him. Joh 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.Christians and indeed all citizens should avoid laziness or indolence. Avoid using government or your employee’s time on private telephone calls, watching TV, making up your face, even visiting or chatting on the internet.The prosperous nations such as Germany, USA, UK or France have ethical rules not tolerating indolence. Here in Africa, especially in Nigeria,we need to observe more rigorously work ethics. Also hard dork should be rewarded while indolence or incimoetencecshould be discouraged and not glorified by hollow awards!
He blessed the seventh day. Why did God bless the seventh day?John Gill comments, ‘And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it,…. A day in which he took delight and pleasure, having finished all his works, and resting from them, and looking over them as very good; and so he pronounced this day a good and happy day, and “sanctified” or appointed it in his mind to be a day separated from others, for holy service and worship; as it was with the Jews when they became a body of people, both civil and ecclesiastical: or this is all said by way of prolepsis or anticipation, as many things in this chapter are, many names of countries and rivers, by which being called in the times of Moses, are here given them, though they were not called by them so early, nor till many ages after: and according to Jarchi this passage respects future time, when God “blessed” this day with the manna…’
We should learn from God in Genesis 2:1-3, the following:
Planning of our work, on daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
Evaluate or control work done. And will you or others declare your work good?
Learn to rest after labour. Do not work yourself to exhaustion. This is a timely warning for all, especially African CEOs, successful leaders. Some of us are as hard-working and somehow as successful as leaders of our field of work in the developed world. But have we learned the balanced work culture from them? Do we eat right? Do we exercise our body at all? Our General overseer at 75 years walks 8 kilometers per day?
A good gymn body exercise say for one hour thrice weekly has been very healthy and indeed it has profited little as advised by Paul (1Tim 4:8) You may dismiss this or complain that it is expensive. But have you checked the cost of hypertension, arthritis, Heart attacks, or mortuary or funeral of untimely death? Yearly vacation, preferable outside your work zone is advisable. Many CEOs, ministers of God are dropping dead, these days. I remember the Lord warning me about 15 years ago, You may be spiritual, but since you are biological, so be logical: take rest as required! Jesus cautioned against this thus, Mar 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. On the disciples’ need for restrevere, John Gill comments thus,’come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: where they might be free from noise and hurry, and take some rest and refreshment, after their wearisome journey, hard labours, and great fatigue in preaching and working miracles; which shows the great compassion, tenderness, and care of Christ, for his disciples: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat; the people were continually going to and fro; as soon as one company was gone, who came with their sick and diseased to be healed, or upon one account or another, another came: so that there was no opportunity of private meditation and prayer, nor of spiritual converse together: nor even so much as to eat a meal’s meat for the refreshment of nature.’
Dear CEO, man or woman of God, my brothers and sisters, are you working hard at the right time? Are you taking proper rest? Remember, you may be spiritual, but since you are still biological, therefore, be logical. Be balanced in the exercise of your body, soul and spirit!
Have a glorious, Christ- centered sunday and new week!
Pastor Lawrence O. Obisakin, Ph.D, DCE