Are You A Laborer

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I read a few scriptures the other day that made me want to ask, are you a laborer? 1 Timothy 5:18 says to us that the laborer is worthy of his reward. OK? And so, the first thing I did when I saw that was I looked up the word reward to see what it means. It means dues paid for work or wages for hire, but it says that the laborer is worthy of his reward, meaning dues paid for work, wages are higher.

Then, of course, my next question was, well what is a laborer? And so I looked that up and says the laborer is a workman. A worker is one who works for hire. That struck me because I thought about the fact that as entrepreneurs, we're workers, right? The Bible teaches us to work as if we're working for the Lord. So first and foremost, we're working for God, right? He gave us our mission, He gave us our purpose, passions, gifts, and talents to use. He gives us the power to get wealth. Even the Bible says that, so we're working for God first and foremost, and then we're working for our clients. So even if you're an entrepreneur, you may not be an employee that clocks in and out of a time clock or whatever, but you are working for your clients, right? You're serving them. And that's pretty much work. It may not feel like work if you're doing something that you really enjoy, but you're working. And so, with that work comes reward and the Bible tells us that that reward is paid wages for our work and dues paid to us for financial gain. So, my question then became, well, Allison, you know, your finances are not where you want them to be, right? And while I do make money in my business, I'm still not in the place where I desire to be financially.

I started to examine myself and examine my situation and say, well, what could be the root of that and then I had to ask myself, well, laborers get rewards, right? So, are you a laborer, are you working? And so, I said to myself, well, OK, yes, I am working, but then the next question was am I working as hard or as much as needed, to produce the kind of reward that I'm looking to receive. So that was my question. 2016 was my first year as a full-time entrepreneur, meaning I didn't have any other income. So, my way of producing income was through entrepreneurship. I started out doing accounting and bookkeeping work and decided to shift more into the graphic design side of my passions. I flourished there. I can say about 98% of my income came from graphic design. So why I said that is because, well, there's one thing I'm celebrating with that is that I crossed the five-figure mark in my first year of entrepreneurship, my gross income cross five figures. OK. That was major for me cause like all these years I've been playing small and doing entrepreneurship on the side, not really taking it as seriously as I could. to do that in my first year in business was like wow.

On top of that, because my overhead is low overhead, meaning the expenses that I have to run my business because my overhead is low. My profit, not just my gross income but also my profit was in five figures. So, all of that was major for me. In January of 2017. I looked at my income for that month, and praise God, I'd tripled my income. I thought to myself, if that's a projection of how my year will be, I'm on the right track.

MAJOR KEY was putting myself out there to do the work. I was there, I was present, I was available and I did the work.

And so, because of my labor, I received my reward. OK. That was my reward, my crossing five figures in my first year. Um, and so now that I'd crossed that threshold and I wanted to exceed that threshold, they say to whom much is given, much is required, right? So, if I want to receive more, I'm going to have to work more, at least for right now. I am definitely open to ways to work smarter and not harder. OK? But that doesn't mean that I don't still have to grind. Laboring is just a part of the process. It's a part of building a business, right? You can't build a business without laboring or having someone labor with you. In the kind of business I run, I can hire people, but I am my brand. So I have to do the laboring in my business. Right? So I wanted to share that with you all.

Matthew 9:35-37 (NIV) 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  We work for our clients, but for first and foremost, we work for God, right?

So, Jesus is saying here that there's a lot of harvest to be reaped, but there's not enough workers and he is looking for workers. He's looking for laborers. He's looking for us to get out there and do the work. It's easy to dream and it's easy to pray and it's easy to wish and hope and plan, but at some point, we have to get off of our knees praying. At some point we have to open our eyes from dreaming and we have to do the work. And so, my question to you is, are you a laborer? If you're looking for increase in your business, search your own heart. Ask God, am I laboring the way you want me to labor God, He'll show you. I'm asking God to show me how to labor so that I can get the reward that He has stored for me. I know it's already done. I know it's available. It's just a matter of positioning. I have to get in position. And part of that getting a position for me is doing the work.


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