Growing up, I was taught to work hard. We played hard but we all had morning chores before school. If my Dad asked, “What are you doing,” you had better not say “nothing.” I worked hard on the farm, at home, at school and later as an employee in Shell Petroleum and GT Bank. My siblings and I were taught and expected to work hard by exerting ourselves mentally and physically. Becoming an entrepreneur was a natural progression for me.
But in scriptures, I see God referred to as working when all He did in creating the universe was speak. Naturally, it did not compute, because “Let there be light…and there was light” seemed more like playing and having fun with words than working. I am now realizing that my conception of work is what needs correction, not God’s. Firstly, if He says a+b=c, no other opinion or experience counts. Secondly, the fruits of his work are still standing since creation, even though they were all spoken into existence.
I am renewing my thinking to this: God works with words and so, sustainable work requires words. God uses words to create, renew, maintain and destroy. I do not think that violence or “the sweat of thy face” were intended, when He told his copy to subdue the earth and have dominion over it. Like God, I believe we were designed to work with words, since we are meant to possess His wisdom and ability, which would eliminate toil. If we function in God’s class, shouldn’t we produce results as effortlessly as “let there be light… and there was light?”
Look non-religiously at the things we call miracles, which I believe are merely glimpses into our lost civilization, which Christ invites us back to. Moses needed no special equipment to divide a sea. With words, Joshua made this 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000-kg earth to stand still for 24 hours. With mere words and no factory, Elisha produced marketable oil. Jesus created physical substance, renewed human tissue, corrected mental and spiritual diseases with words. He further messes things up by saying mountains can obey our commands. I have tried to rationalize that statement as merely figurative but after considering that the mountain was spoken into existence and he had just used words to kill a tree, I concluded that Yes, words can move mountains.
In Yoruba language, isé means work but in typical Yoruba fashion, similarly spelt ìsé means fruitless toiling and exertion. From God’s perspective, I have been doing ìsé and not isé. I need to learn isé from the Master. He showed that we bring the power of the Almighty Spirit in us to bear on any matter with words. Imagine making strategic speaking a lifestyle! If we will give account of every idle word we speak, then our words are meant to be strategic and targeted. Have you been working hard but hardly working?