01 May WORK INCREASES YOUR WORTH 1
“You were created in the image and likeness of God. He wants you to look like Him through your creativity and productivity rather than living a life of inactivity and passivity” RSD.
God works. He is always at work. And he started working right from the beginning of creation.
“In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light; and there was light. And God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man. And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Gen 1:1-3, 28, 31-2:1-2 AMP.
The first characteristic of God as recorded in scripture was his creative ability. And there after his productivity. Hence when He created man, the first assignment to man was be creative and productive. This implies that creativity and productivity are essential factors for anyone truly connected to God.
Any individual or group that claims to know God without any proof of productivity and development is simply playing religion. God values creativity and productivity. He didn’t wish the world into existence but worked it into reality. Even, when some negative situations happened to his work, he didn’t look for whom to blame or give excuses for things to remain in chaos; rather he went to work again.
Any nation that promotes good work ethics usually enjoys sustainable development. While God pays premium value to smart work and productivity, he also ensured that He created a conducive environment for mankind to emulate such attitude. God didn’t put man in the forest but in the garden which indicates some encouraging atmosphere that should inspire and give humans the motivation to display their ingenuity and creativity. Every individual or organization must create the right environments for people to thrive through their works.
Some families have modeled good work ethics to their children. On the other hand, some parents, bosses and leaders are really lazy and also lack the care for human development. For instance, some parents indulge in excessive sleep and consistently blame circumstances for their conditions and some owners of businesses and national leaders use their resources to make themselves excessively comfortable without minding the state of other people. They have not been able to make available essential amenities and facilities that will boost productivity of their staff and people. If people have access to good food, comfortable houses to live in, good medical, educational system, etc. they would be able to harness their utmost capacity for productivity.
“But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work. After this, Jesus went to the farther side of the Sea of Galilee — that is, the Sea of Tiberias. And a great crowd was following Him because they had seen the signs (miracles) which He [continually] performed upon those who were sick. Jesus looked up then, and seeing that a vast multitude was coming toward Him, He said to Philip, Where are we to buy bread, so that all these people may eat? Jesus said, Make all the people recline (sit down). Now the ground (a pasture) was covered with thick grass at the spot, so the men threw themselves down, about 5,000 in number. Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed to the disciples and the disciples to the reclining people; so also [He did] with the fish, as much as they wanted. When they had all had enough, He said to His disciples, Gather up now the fragments (the broken pieces that are left over), so that nothing may be lost and wasted. So accordingly they gathered them up, and they filled twelve [small hand] baskets with fragments left over by those who had eaten from the five barley loaves. When the people saw the sign (miracle) that Jesus had performed, they began saying, surely and beyond a doubt this is the Prophet Who is to come into the world. John 5: 17, 6:1-2, 5, 10-14. AMP.
When we emulate the principles of Jesus especially his work ethics, care and compassion for people, our world would be a better place. The scripture above clearly portrayed how Jesus wants us to work. He wants us to work hard creating the right environment for people to thrive through their works.
He healed people of their diseases which indicate that we should have a good health care system and also provide food for them. People should not just get food to eat but they should have abundance. He also kept the excess to avoid wastage. This indicates efficient management of resources for the welfare of people so that their productivity can increase.
Jim Rohn said that “If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.”
People are the greatest resources on earth, not the diamonds, gold, oils and so on. It takes people to work on gold and oil for it to become valuable. It takes human beings to get furniture, books and so on out of trees.
We are the ones that create all the cars, planes, build homes, train children, and administer health care. Even if there are modern equipment like computers and robots that assists in some human functions, they are still created by people and they cannot entirely replace humans on this planet. Therefore, we need to value people more than any valuables we have in this world so that they can be motivated and equipped to work creatively because as they do so, their worth will increase and our world will be a better place for all to thrive, flourish and fulfill our ultimate purpose for existence.
“Whenever we embrace the virtue of work, we will ultimately increase our value and worth in life because work makes our environment worthwhile and our world wholesome” RSD