The Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners Chapel International), Bishop David Oyedepo, yesterday advised Nigerians to imbibe the culture of hard work and shun laziness.
The cleric also said those who truly exhibit the fear of God lay the foundation for a glorious future.
Oyedepo said this in his sermon at the ongoing 40th Holy Ghost Convention of the Christ Life Church, titled: The King of Glory, at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan (UI), the Oyo State capital.
The church was founded in 1983 by Bishop Wale Oke, who is the current National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).
Oyedepo, who directed his sermon at Christians, noted that a lazy person should not eat, adding that Almighty God, who created the heavens and the earth, favours hard work.
God’s people, the cleric said, should not entertain idleness.
He said the second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent, warning that he would not tolerate slothfulness on his return.
Every Christian, Oyedepo said, must adhere strictly to the words of God in the Holy Bible which says they should occupy till he (Jesus) comes back.
According to him, the world could be likened to a marketplace, a place of business.
“You don’t stand idle, doing nothing, in a business place. He who does not work should not eat. By doing nothing in the kingdom, you are not adding any value. There is nothing in doing nothing.
“The King of Glory says: ‘Occupy till I come.’ You must always be on duty because you don’t know the time he is coming. May you be found on duty when he comes,” Oyedepo said.
The cleric, who stressed that the king (Christ) will come soon, queried: “What are we expected to be doing as we are expecting his coming? You must be found working. You must be engaged always. Though he is coming for rapture, he has always been coming for our appraisal.
“Stay awake. It’s your turn to change position. In all labour, there is a profit. I must say that nothing is greater than serving God, and having a heart for God. You must be committed to soul-winning. An investment in soul-winning touches the heart of God. The real seed that adds value to your life is soul-winning.
“The choice to serve God distinguishes people anywhere. Anybody serving God is ordained to be distinguished in his endeavors. It is a risk to stand idle at this time. Be steadfast.
“Then, take any step to go forward. That is keeping going. What you don’t begin, you don’t finish. It is a beginner that will become a finisher. You have to stay awake because a state of slumber is a risk.”