1 Peter 5: 5 Likewise, you who are younger and of lesser rank, be subject to the elders (the ministers and spiritual guides of the church)—[giving them due respect and yielding to their counsel]. Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favour, blessing) to the humble. We have been learning about the Kingdom’s rules of work. We now have the keys to working effectively for the Father. We have also received the grace to do the required. Hence, we are bound to stand out at our workplace from henceforth. We are going to do great, mighty, and jaw-dropping things. We would reach heights we have never reached before. However, we must always remember the charge Jesus gave to His disciples, “when you have done everything that was assigned and commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants [undeserving of praise or a reward, for we have not gone beyond our obligation]; we have merely done what we ought to do.’” (Luke 17: 10 AMP). We must never allow pride to settle in our heart or to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to. Pride precedes a fall; pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:8). Hence, if we desire to remain relevant (and useable) to our Father, we must remain humble. Humility implies remaining dependent on Him and not trying to figure things out for ourselves or rely on past experiences when solving a problem. We must always act as led by the Spirit. David, the man after the Father’s heart, understood this truth. He always consulted the Father before any battle. Once, his enemies regrouped after they were defeated. He did not rely on the experience from the previous encounter. He went back to the Father for a strategy. He did not rely on his knowledge though he had just defeated those set of enemy armies not too long ago. He knew that he did not win the first battle by his strength or ability. He knew that to try to take on the second battle by himself would be subtle pride.
Never forget; without Jesus, we can do nothing!! Remain Humble!! John 15: 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me, ye can do nothing. Proverbs 15: The Lord will tear down the house of the proud and arrogant (self-righteous), But He will establish and protect the boundaries [of the land] of the [godly] widow. (AMP)
1 Samuel 15: 22 A wise servant will rule over the [unworthy] son who acts shamefully and brings disgrace [to the family] And [the worthy servant] will share in the inheritance among the brothers . In our passage of focus, we see a surprising truth. As unbelievable as it may sound, a man may prefer his servant to his son and choose to give him an inheritance, as though he were a son. In that era, servants/slaves were considered somewhat less than humans. They were seen more as properties than as humans with rights. They were no much more different than the farm animals and other assets. Ideally, they were entitled to nothing except their pay or sustenance. Yet, we see that these disadvantages cannot stand in the way of a wise servant. In this century, being a servant (or working for someone) may not have the same steep implications as it did back then. Nevertheless, the truth remains that any servant can distinguish himself via wisdom. A productive worker is indispensable. A great example is Jacob. Laban determined to retain his services because he was a productive worker. He (Laban) could not help but notice how that that the Lord hath blessed him for Jacob’s sake (Genesis 30: 27). Now being a profitable (wise) servant/employee is about bringing profit or increase. It is about contributing to the multiplication or growth of available resources. Profit is the positive difference between income (capital) and expenses. Thus, being a profitable servant/employee entails either increasing income (capital) or cutting down expenses (cost). Our position at work may be such that we are not directly responsible for increasing income. Nevertheless, we can help in cutting down the cost of production/operation. We have divine wisdom and can come up with great ideas on how to cut expenses. However, sometimes it may just require something as simple as turning off electrical appliances that are not in use. It could be doing a job perfectly well at the first attempt to prevent wasting more resources (time inclusive) redoing it. Other examples include travelling light, proper planning, etc. Are you an indispensable employee/servant? Are you increasing income, cutting down cost, doing both or none? Luke 16: 1 & 2 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Matthew 25: 20 & 21 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Deuteronomy 8:1-18 He humbled you and allowed you to be hungry and fed you with manna , [a substance] which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, so that He might make you understand [by personal experience] that man does not live by bread alone , but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord… lest your heart will become lifted up [by self-conceit and arrogance] and you will forget the Lord your God … “He fed you manna in the wilderness…so that He might humble you [by dependence on Him] and that He might test you, to do good [things] for you at the end. Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But you shall remember [with profound respect] the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you the power to make wealth . The Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land after many years in the wilderness. Before they began the process, Moses had to prepare them for the new kind of life they would be living. They knew how to live as slaves. In the wilderness, they had learnt to live dependent on the Father. However, Canaan was going to offer a new challenge. In his speech, Moses revealed some spiritual truths about work to them. He reminded them that the Father had taken care of them in the wilderness, without their input. Thus, they should know that working in the Promised Land is not about survival or personal growth. He wanted them to know that our Father had other plans for making them work. God could have easily continued to rain manna and quails for their sustenance. God was not tired of making the cloud of Glory their shelter. He still knew how to prevent their clothing from getting old/worn-out. When Adam started work, he was to work in an already created garden. Also, when the Israelites were to start working (after their wilderness experience), they were to work in an already blessed and prepared land. Just like Adam, the Israelites were to tend to and keep a gift from God. We work to sustain what the Father has already provided/made. Working is about taking care of our Father’s creations. We work to continue our His works. Recall that we are an extension of our Father. Hence, we work in His stead. All good and perfect gift are from our Father, and He releases some of these gifts through men or new creatures. The cars, air conditioning units, clothing, shoes, the internet, etc. are all gifts from our Father for our comfort and the furtherance of the gospel. The mechanic must work with the understanding that he is offering a service that is an expression /continuance of the Father’s provident care for the inhabitants of the earth. The lecturer must teach with the mindset that, as His representative, she is the raising and training of the next generation. Work is about offering service and by so doing, being part of the Father’s solution to the challenges on the earth. Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are theLord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. Matthew 5: 13 You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people