ADDING VALUE TO OVERCOME POVERTY – Part 2
Luke 16:10 and 12; he that is faithful in the least is also faithful in much and he that is UNJUST in the least is also unjust in much… And if you have been unfaithful in that which belongs to another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
When a man goes for a job interview, his mind is fixed on ‘how much will they pay me?’ rather than how much can I add to this company? Value cannot be underestimated, if we don’t give value, we lose. Has anyone ever done a job for you and you are not happy about the value of what they did compared to how much you paid for it? We would agree that if we have such a work to be done again, we will be sceptical about giving it out to such person. Employers, Business partners, Customers will always want to discuss value first before they discuss money and for this reason, it is more rewarding to pay more attention to what we can give than what we will get because what we give determines what we receive in return, it is written, be not deceived, for God is not mocked, whatever is sown will be reaped in return. Truly, it is not what we get that liberates us; it is the value of what we give. Value-given is the pride of every producer and value-received is the joy of every customer.
God appreciates value. We saw it in His preference to Abel’s offering than that of Cain. Value is not self-orientated. God created the world for His pleasure but He made the earth and the Garden of Eden fit for man. Christians who do work anyhow are slapping God in whose image we are created. It ought not to be heard that with the partnership of the Holy Spirit in us, we still do work and people are not satisfied with it. Christians’ motto as regards work should be value orientated. Any Christian who does work for gain has the tendency to being a con artist. He will not be straight forward and he will not give if it is obvious that he won’t get something out it. As a result he becomes slothful in business. God has standard, integrity is key. All these begin with the kind of work we do for God. That is why it is important that we join a department in church where value is given more attention and learnt. Show me an unfaithful worker and I will show you a poor Christian. Jesus himself places importance on value. We can’t give what we don’t have. Value gives meaning and worth to all that we do. I have decided to give valuable time to God and do valuable work for Him, I know I will make mistakes but I will keep on improving. My prosperity depends on the value I give to God. People do not care how much we know until they know how much we care. We as Christians need to put in a bit of an extra into what we do, for that extra is what makes us extraordinary. Scriptures says, if a man compels you to go with him a mile, he said, go with him two miles. God loves people who give extra. That extra is valuable and will be rewarded. A generation will suffer if people are not trained to add value. Be a solution person; look for what you can do to change your worth. A wise man said, the man with one talent wouldn’t add value to his one talent because he got so little compared to what others got and when the time for accountability came, he was found wanting and even the little he had was snatched from him. Let us consider value, if any man will break from poverty, he must change his mind concerning the reason he is working. Research confirms that people who give value eventually become wealthy (riches with good health), while people who don’t give value end up becoming more greedy and are never satisfied with what they get. They are possessed by the spirit of poverty. I see a lot of poor people in the world, people who work for what they can get and not what they can give. They accumulated so much and still are not satisfied… Value is contagious and so is poverty. It is a state of the mind.
The truth is, if we have nothing valuable to add to our generation and then our economy, then we will remain poor. The scripture made us to understand that when God had finished creation, He took a step back and evaluated what He had made and it is written that, He saw that they were very good, He saw value. Christ became poor that through His poverty, we, Christians might become rich that is value. Value cannot be overrated. A Christian who is poor may not be giving his best; he may not be giving at all. For financial victory, to win battles over poverty, pay attention to self-development, pursuing excellence, putting in that extra effort, treating people with respect and sowing seeds. Remember, he that is faithful in little is faithful in much, sometimes in order to enjoy financial prosperity, we need to add value by working for free, ask Laban and he will tell you how God blessed Jacob who was doing free jobs for years under his roof. Begin to add value today and you will see the hand of God. Value opens the door to greatness; it is the intangibility that makes the tangible more worthy.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
I will place value before profit.
Questions for you to reflect on:
How will people rate your job?