Read Genesis 30:25-43.

The word prosperity often has a bad connotation today. When we think of prosperity, we frequently associate it with the prosperity gospel—a false gospel that entices people with promises of wealth and material possessions. Of course, if someone bends their knee to Jesus in order to receive money, then money is their god, not Jesus. And there is no greater tragedy than for a person to neglect the true riches of heaven for the poverty of financial security in this life alone.

With that said, we need to understand that prosperity is a Biblical word. God does, at times, prosper His people with financial and material blessings. He prospered Abraham (see Genesis 12:1-3, 7). He prospered the Israelites (see Acts 13:17). He prospered King David and King Solomon (see 1 Samuel 18:14, 1 Kings 3:11-14). And God also prospered young Jacob.

If you recall, Jacob had gone to work for his uncle Laban. Laban didn’t treat Jacob fairly. He tricked his nephew and cheated him. It certainly wasn’t Laban’s intention to make Jacob wealthy. Nevertheless, Jacob prospered despite Laban’s attempted manipulation. You see, his success was supernatural. Jacob knew he wasn’t really working for Laban—he was working for God.

Regardless of who your earthly boss might be, you must realize that all your work is actually in service to God (see Colossians 3:23). He is the one who’s watching you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and He is the one who will reward your faithfulness. Jacob discovered this amazing Truth—and it set him free. Jacob knew that God would be the one to bless him, not his uncle Laban. So Jacob consciously and consistently devoted himself and his work to the Lord.

There’s a lesson in that for all of us: Do more than is required of you, and one way or another, you will be blessed. You will be rewarded. Even when your efforts seem unappreciated and unseen, know that God both sees and is pleased by your efforts to honor Him. When your own prosperity is not your all-consuming focus, sooner or later God will prosper and reward your faithfulness. At the same time, when you are a faithful and diligent worker, even the pagans will eventually take notice. It’s one of the ways you can be salt and light in this world (see Matthew 5:13-16). Our faithful work is a witness to a dark world of the grace of God at work in our lives.

Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that all my work is in service to You and that You have called me to each task for a reason and for good. I ask Your blessing upon my mind, my mouth, my hands, and my feet to serve in drawing lost souls to Your Kingdom for Your glory. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys” (Genesis 30:43).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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