“The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.” Proverbs 12:27 KJV
The sacred scriptures tell us that God is not a respecter of persons and contrary to what is commonly taught, God does not have or play favourites. ‘The ground is level at the foot of the cross’, as it is commonly said. Despite these truths, I have come to realise that some people fair better than others. Thinking about this can be problematic.
“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Genesis 2:15 KJV
God’s attitude to the first man gives a clue. In Genesis chapter one, we see God blessed Adam and then instructed him to be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and have dominion. In other words, He handed the Earth to man and then commanded him to add value to it. Similarly, in Genesis chapter two, God did not plant the Garden until He formed Adam, then He instructed him to dress and keep it, or add value.
God expects us to add value to whatever He gives us. To add value means to improve on the basic product so as to increase its worth. God is a creator; He has made us in His image and likeness. He expects us to exercise this attribute. In the beginning the Earth was void and without form. God by His Word and Spirit added value to this raw material and it became habitable. God provides us the raw material but, He expects us to ADD VALUE with wisdom. (Proverbs 3:9).
The processed product has more reward and greater price than the raw material. Within every wood there is a furniture, lemon can be turned to lemonade, cocoa to chocolate, crude oil to petroleum gas and many other materials. Basic material draws basic reward, the price escalates depending on the thought and processes thereafter. The price depends on the value added, the creativity that is what is valued, that intangible something.
“For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” Matthew 25:29 KJV
God works on the principle of increasing returns; checkout the parable of the talents in Matthew chapter 25. Those who add value to life or whatever they are given, get rewarded with more because God hates wastage. To add value, you must be able to fix you gaze on the future, you cannot afford to have a microwave mentality. You must think multiplication, preservation and possibilities.
To add value, you need to develop transactional maturity (that is a whole topic by itself, subject for a masterclass), turn problems to challenges, then dissolve them, because everyone can be a critic, only few can resolve enigmas. Those who add value, put premium on wisdom, not physical strength. Above all, you must have faith in God, He has invested too much in you to fail, you are His masterpiece, handiwork, designed to succeed (Ephesians 2:10).
In StrongNation, we are birthed in prophecy so the challenge is to add value as individuals and as a collective, because success is sweetest when it happens to all of us. February is the month the world talks about valentine (whatever that means). For us it’s the month we GET VAL, we kickstart things and start living the VALUE ADDED LIFE. There is the low life, then there is the High Life, but it’s time for the VALUE ADDED LIFE.
Revd.Dr. Femi Bosun Idowu
Lead Pastor, NCC StrongNation