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MAKING A DIFFERENCE pt. 2 by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Dear Reader,
You are welcome into God’s presence! May you be blessed as you read this article in Jesus’ name. My focus is still on Making a Difference. Last week, I shared with you, woman as God’s last born. This week, I will teach on the Productive Woman.
Every woman is created to make a difference and not to be a burden. God’s intention is that wherever a woman is found, she becomes an asset, not a liability. Remember, when Eve joined Adam, life was supposed to be better for him; she was to be an asset to him, a help not a hindrance. The Word of God says: And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed (Genesis 2:8).
Some time ago, God spoke these words to my heart, “Faith, you are born a blessing not a burden.” I picked up my Bible and wrote those words down. In every new Bible I get, I write them down on the first page, because I am determined to be a blessing to my world and not a burden.
No matter your status as a woman, you must be productive and work with your hands, in order to make a difference. You are a creature of value. As I said in the first segment of this teaching, you are God’s crown of creation. As a crown of His creation, you have been made perfect. You have all it takes for you to be productive. Your beauty, value and worth are determined by how productive you are. There is no man that wants a wife that is a burden; every man wants to marry a woman who is an asset. If a woman is not productive, she will invariably be burdensome to her husband.
There are many things your hands can find to do; all you have to do is open up your heart to God for divine ideas. When those ideas come, arrest them and don’t let them go. What I do is that wherever I am, I have a piece of paper and a pen to write down ideas that may drop into my spirit. Sometimes, certain ideas come to me while in church. The virtuous woman is productive. Her hands are never idle. She is creative. Her hands are ‘finding hands’. The Word of God says: She perceives that her merchandise is good: her candle goes not out by night (Proverbs 31:19). 
Productivity Entails Diligence
I talked about Lydia in the first part of this teaching. She was a productive woman. She was a seller of purple (Acts 16:14). A productive woman is also a diligent worker. She rose up while it is still dark and went about her household chores. The Word of God says: She rises also while it is yet night, and gives meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens (Proverbs 31:15). That means that at the time other women were still tossing and turning in bed, she has awakened and begun seeing to the affairs of her home.
The productive woman is orderly and organized. …And giveth meat to her household… In essence, she programmes her day by the help of the Holy Spirit. God believes in planning (Ecclesiastes 3:1); that is why He allocated a particular time to sleep and a time to awake.
When it is time to work, go about your job, business or ministry diligently. Never let a day come and go, when you cannot define clearly what you accomplished. If your type of job gives you a lot of extra time, invest that time; don’t while it away.
Perhaps you are a homemaker, that is, you are at home, full-time. Don’t say, “I don’t have a job”. A wise man once said, and I believe it very strongly, that the greatest factory where the most important product on earth is manufactured, is the home. That is true, because the home is where the next generation of human beings are produced.
If you are a homemaker, be one with a difference! Let your family feel your impact. Be up early, tidy up the house, prepare sumptuous meals and get their clothes ready. Be diligent at your chores. Let your home be an example for others to follow. The Word of God says: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men (Proverbs 22:29).
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As a woman, see whatever is committed to you as a business, and be diligent at doing it. Sometimes, except you see your assignment at home as a business, you will not be diligent at it. Don’t only see it as a business however, approach it as such. So, be diligent!
I have discovered that diligence begins from the thoughts, then reflects in the words of the mouth and then shows up in the actions. The Word of God says: The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of every one that is hasty only to want (Proverbs 21:5). If you are lazy in the thoughts of your heart, you will find out that all you do is complain about your job and plan ways to rest at home. You may even pretend to be sick, just to get away from your place of assignment.
However, it is important to know that the thoughts of the diligent lead to actions of diligence and those actions lead to God’s blessings. Diligence and productivity are essential tools for making a difference in our generation; we must embrace them. Peace!
To be productive, you need God. To have access to God, you have to confess your sins and surrender your life to Christ. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you today as a sinner. Forgive me of my Sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your kingdom.

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Congratulations! You are now born again! All round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through [email protected], and [email protected]; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores:

  • Marriage Covenant
  • Making Marriage Work
  • Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
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