“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to [poverty].”Proverbs 14:23
I remember that I was quite young when I thought of ways to make some money. I had a Spider-Man piggy bank that I would bring out when guests came over to our house. My mom would be busy in the kitchen preparing dinner and my dad would be busy entertaining the guests. I thought this was the perfect time to pass around my bank and give everyone an opportunity to give. This was the original “Go Fund Me” and I was way ahead of my time. I would stop in front of those who were giving and sometimes give them the stare down as I knew they could give more than what they were giving. My little bank was looking healthy until my mom caught me one time as I was shaking down some missionaries. I was no longer allowed to pass around my piggy bank, and I had to look for new ways to earn a living.
I told my next door neighbor about my plight and he decided to give me a job cutting his lawn. The problem was my parents did not allow me to take money from him, but he eventually allowed me to keep his mower for future jobs. I got into the grass cutting business in 1986 and Saso’s lawn mowing services, LLC was in full bloom. I did not have many customers but my aunt who worked at Call-A Teen, would line me up with jobs so that I could make some money. I enjoyed cutting grass and my dad always looked over my work pointing out the things I had missed, ensuring I was doing a good job.
I did not mind the hot sun or the sneezing that came when I cut the grass as I was too busy thinking what I was going to do with the money I made. The grass business was good to me and I even cut grass when I was in my twenties, just to make some extra cash. I now only cut my Dad’s grass and I am paid handsomely with a good meal and some good company. There is profit in grass cutting and we should be diligent in whatever God would have us to do. Ecclesiastes 9:10 states,“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
Proverbs 21:25 tells us, “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.” God made us to work, as is seen in the first man, Adam, and the work God gave him to do from the beginning. I have always enjoyed working, in part to make money, but also because it provides a sense of accomplishment. Whatever occupation God has called you to, you must work as unto Him. We must work to the glory of God and work knowing that He is our Master and our boss. I Corinthians 10:31 states, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Let’s not just talk about work, but put the talk into action.
Where are you today? Do you complain about the work God has given you, or are you thankful for your tasks? Do you talk a big game but do very little to nothing when it comes to actual labor? Are you simply caught up in your occupation or are you also busy working for the Lord? Every day brings us closer to the end of our life, and there is much work to be done for the kingdom. John 4:35 states, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” The time is now and we must be busy about the Master’s work. We must be committed to action. The talk of the lips only leads to poverty and that is true in both the physical and spiritual sense. What would God have you to do? What do you need get busy with? May we heed the call of our Master, and may we always desire to bring Him glory in whatever He has called us to do.