Called To Excellence!
In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus, who is the reason for the season, tells us something that is so profound; he talks about the fact that his followers are salt and light…
So Apostle Paul had the occasion to send an admonition to Timothy (his son in the Lord) as per 1 Timonty 4:12; which same admonition is being given to you today…
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
How can you be an example in word?
‘Knowing and quoting the scriptures abundantly‘ will readily come to mind; which is great, but not sufficient! Being an example in word should include the following…
How can you be an example in conduct?
live in accordance with applicable moral code in the scriptures, and also the prescribed / accepted societal norms, and the laws of the country.
How can you be an example in love?
Love your neighbour as you love yourself; do unto others as you would love others do unto you.
How can you be an example in spirit?
Be very discerning, and demonstrate a very positive attitude in all matters. Earnestly desire the gifts of the spirit, especially the gift of prophecy; that you may prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1). Make every effort to bear the fruit of the spirit, and all the components thereof: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
How can you be an example in faith?
Hold on to the faithfulness of God especially as seen in the laws of nature, and believe in yourself; take bold calculated steps, and never give up, always seeking the right and adequate knowledge, and other resources to help you through every endeavour.
How can you be an example in purity?
Walk in integrity / honesty, high moral standards and values based on scripture. Abstain from evil, and appearances of evil.
Besides enjoying a life of great contentment, respect and admiration here on earth, one of the greatest benefits for living up to all the above is that you will please God, and you will have inheritance in heaven! And I believe you have already heard a lot about going to heaven, especially what is required for you to go to heaven, and all!
I believe that you will want to go heaven, so let me ask you: when do you want to go?
Though you want to go to heaven, I believe that just like many people, you don’t want to go there anytime soon; you want to live a very long life here on earth, and I wish you long life; in Jesus’s name!
Now since you will live long here on earth, it means that you must contribute your knowledge, skills and talents to help solve the so many problems that the country (and the world at large) faces. It is one of the surest ways to season the earth as the salt that you are supposed to be, and to shine bright as the light God has called you to be!
Can you name some of the problems?
When you talk to people about Christ as part of your ambassadorial duties, but are unable to contribute your knowledge, skills and talents to solve the tangible problems people face here on earth, you are not truly glorifying God as a true ambassador of Christ! That is the reason why you need to harness your true / hidden potential and be able to solve problems.
Let no one despise your youth; ‘no one‘ includes your own self as well. So don’t despise your youth; don’t think you are too young to make an impact. And let no one else make you feel that you cannot make an impact. Yes you can! And you will indeed make an impact to the glory of God!
But wait a minute…
Look Before You Leap!
Notice that, Ghana (and Africa) is blessed with abundant wealth of natural resource; but after more than 60 years of independence, we are confronted with… massive unemployment and underemployment, our ‘Debt-to-GDP’ ratio is very alarming and yet we still have huge infrastructure deficit, we have very little share in the abundant natural resources, the economy is heavily import-driven and consequently depreciating the local currency, price inflation is so huge, our environment is getting degraded the more, filth is all over, our transportation and healthcare systems are nothing to write home about, and our life expectancy is terribly low, and so on; even though we have a lot of people who have been to school extensively; some with PhDs, Masters Degrees, and other very good credentials, and are in charge at various levels. Besides, we are a highly religious people; we worship God a lot, and we pray a lot.
I will tell you why…
Our problems persist because, majority of people have accepted to be less than they were born to be and are thus accomplishing far less than their true capabilities. They despise themselves, and also allow others to despise them; especially their capabilities. And so they refuse to undertake bold ventures that will deal with the numerous problems.
Indeed, most people do not know about their true potential; thus they make little or no effort to unearth / harness that true / hidden potential; they waste their true potential!
Inference drawn from a study carried out by Harvard University indicates that, ordinarily, the formal education system is able to harness / contribute up to just 22 percent of people’s true effectiveness and greatness in life. Studies done under the auspices of other institutions like the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching yielded similar results. In essence, education and schooling are not the same thing! And formal education (schooling) alone cannot give us the needed results!
Now, that’s serious indeed if consider the parable of the minas. In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) we’re told that a master gave talents (or resources) to three of his servants; to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; and the scripture says: “to each according to his own ability.” Now, there is a counterpart parable in Luke 19:12-27: the master had 10 servants, and he gave each of them equal amount of resources: one mina each. In this account, the first one earned 10 minas, by doing business with the initial 1 mina; the second earned 5 minas, by doing business with the initial 1 mina. Eventually they were rewarded according to how productive they had been.
There are certain resources that God has given each one of us in equal measure. Can you name some? I will name two…
Time: Every person has 24hours per day at his / her disposal; what do you do with yours? Mostly idle chatter on social media; or truly learning even on social media, and other places on the internet; etc?
Brain power: Every person born into this world is a genius within; unless the brain is diseased.
I strongly believe that part of the accountability we need to give, especially whilst here on earth, is how well we utilise these two fundamental resources of achievement: Time, and Brain Power. Now, let me ask you…
Do you know your true potential?
Chances are that you don’t, and that you underestimate your capabilities, and may currently be using very little of your true / hidden potential abilities, especially your brain power; there is 97 out of 100 chances (97 percent probability).
The fact is, majority of people underestimate their capabilities and thus use very little of their true potential, especially their brain power.
Indeed, if you take every 100 individuals, chances are that 97 of them will be using very little (just about 3 percent) of their true / hidden potential, especially their brain power. This applies to even religious persons and even persons with high academic exposure. And the causes are unsuspecting and very surprising!
As I said earlier on…
Every person born into this world is a genius within; indeed, every person born into this world has the inborn potential ability to at least start / develop a theory, a company, a product or service that will significantly improve the lives of at least 1 billion people within 10 years, and generate wealth beyond what one could possibly spend in a lifetime.
Please note that it is not a potential within some few people; it is a potential within everyone! That means, you have that potential within you, and your people also have that potential within them. However, scientists estimate that most persons, during their lifetime, use their brains to achieve just about one-hundredth of 1 percent of what the brain is capable of achieving. In other words, if the brain is capable of achieving 10,000 marks what most people achieve with it is just 1 out of 10,000. It’s like having one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world (like the Jaguar, or even the Sunway TaihuLight, or the new kid on the block: IBM’s Summit) and only using it as a clock to display the time! How does that feel?
To illustrate further, assuming that the white cylinder shown is what the brain is capable of achieving throughout your lifetime on earth, then ordinarily, what you are likely to achieve with it is the green speck shown against the yellow cylinder; the yellow cylinder represents the comparative proportion of what you are likely to refuse to use your brain for: the books that will not be written, the businesses that will never be created, the theories that will remain unknown, the happiness, health and wealth that you may refuse to create, and so on! And thus the prevalence of (i) extremely poor affection for occupations, and (ii) stress; etc.
Note that this is mainly about what one ordinarily ends up using the brain to achieve; as against what the brain was created to be capable of achieving. For instance, a lot of people perform poorly in their academics just because they do not know / apply the right studying techniques. For instance, Reading is a popular learning method, but it is a lower method; so ordinarily, if you read something, you are likely to remember only 10 percent of it after 2 weeks. There are 12 methods in the series, and the higher methods of learning will allow you to understand so well, and to remember over 90 percent; even after 2 weeks; so much more effective! For more about this click the button below…
So truly, “Education and schooling are not the same thing. What goes on inside the schools is often not education. And the results may well be that it reduces productive capacity rather than to increase it.”
And if what the mainstream educational system teaches is able to harness up to only 22 percent of people’s true effectiveness and greatness in life, how can you harness the remaining 78 percent and get to be truly or fully effective and truly great?
You will be guided!
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God bless you!
I strongly believe that this is one of the most important programmes to end the year with. I entreat you to be part of the next edition.
I am grateful to the leadership of Harvest Chapel for making me an essential part of the Youth Awakening programme. I tried to be as brief as possible; if there is any particular aspect you like me to elaborate further, let me know. If you are a parent, a teacher or a pastor, please click the link or the button below to see: The First and Most Amazing Seed Every Great Parent Sows into the Life of His / Her Child. Shalom!