Lessons from chapter five of Sunday Adeleja’s book – Church Shift.
Hard work will always be part of the success equation. Despite the unfortunate loss of my biological parents, I was privileged to be raised in a loving home with loving Parents. There is not a single day that passes without me reflecting on how God has loved me. How He has orchestrated my life, putting every piece together to date. Looking back, I feel privileged by this God, so big.
Of course growing up, there were times I felt so far away from this love. My uncle (whom we have always called Dad) was 23 years old when he took responsibility for fathering me and my siblings. He had just gotten his first job after university and with a young family of his own. My Father (biological) had been a strong financial pillar in wider family, having been the first to attain university education all the way to masters level at the prestigious Cambridge. He and Dad were so close, with so many dreams for the family. When Father passed away, it came naturally for us to refer to my uncle as Dad. He had been around us for a while when it came to me and my siblings, he did not hesitate to assure us of his commitment to raising us.
My dad Knew that Education would be the best way to equip us for the life ahead. He prioritized our Education over everything. This meant that if we wanted anything extra out of the mandatory things directly linked to our education, we would have the options of either foregoing them, working to get them or seeking help elsewhere. He hated the idea of us begging or borrowing from people. Once I was punished for going home with a borrowed watch. This stage, ladies and gentlemen, was my first introduction to hard work and responsible financial planning.
With my Dad, it was always learning how to budget for the up-keep he gave us in a way that would allow us to save a little and acquire the things he considered luxurious. Some days were difficult and I often withdrew into a pity party. But soon, I realized I had to take charge of my life. This season and several others that followed gave me a foundation of hard work and commitment. Later after graduating from university, when I couldn’t immediately find a job, I wouldn’t settle for waiting until something came through. I volunteered in various opportunities while I waited. I remember some friends (God bless you Momo and Joel) who offered me weekend gigs to help out in their decorations business. Those gigs were not always available, but when they did, they were so helpful during a very tough time. I would have money to take care of some basics and help out at home. I always gave it my all as I worked, making sure I did not disappoint my friends.
There is so much in-between that I would probably need an entire book to tell. I will live to tell generations ahead. Reading about the author’s own journey in this chapter made me go back in time. I now see that none of any parts of my story have been a waste. Even though I did not understand then, I have come to appreciate the values I have embodied in me now as a result of it all.
All in all, I can confirm that hard work and dedication can truly bring about success. For a Christian, prayer is the perfect seasoning to complete the equation but we can not afford to just pray away poverty. Below I share some of the Kingdom principles from this chapter as shared by Sunday Adeleja.
- Hard work is the wealth of a poor man
- Hard work is one of the missing elements in many Christians’ efforts.
- God has established work as a blessing for mankind and for his kingdom.
- Hard work is key to subduing your own promised land.
- Jesus worked, and works still because work was established by His father as something good for humanity. Read John 5:17
- By far the most important aspect of work is that it allows us to exercise dominion over all of God’s creation.
- God is not obligated to bless people who don’t work.