Those who often check up on writersfield know that I love listening to Dr Mike Murdock. The wealth of wisdom that he pours out is truly a blessing! A lot of posts reference him and today I thought I would talk about one of my favourite wisdom keys.
Think of the contrast
I very often try to understand even the easiest of principles by looking at it from a different perspective. It’s almost like trying to find out what the consequences of not following the principles are. Let’s look at this one for example:
Your rewards in life are determined by the kinds of problems you are willing to solve for others.
What would be the opposite? I believe it is this:
Your missed opportunities arise as a result of your unwillingness to solve problems for others.
I believe the key word is missed opportunities so that means the opportunities will be there except you will miss them because you were not willing to solve a problem for someone. This key can apply to those who have the means to help someone but choose not to. Solomon advises against that:
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.
Here is a very simple and small but to me, profound, example. When I was in a discipleship school, in between class sessions one of my friends would ask me to make them tea. You need to understand, that was the last thing I wanted to do! The reason is because logic got the best of me. I told them they could just get up and do it themselves but their response was, “I’m too comfortable,” (they were sitting on a chair). Considering the fact that I had nothing better to do I decided to do it. What happens? Later that day, one of the other students decides to make me tea! I thought, “glory to God!”
You must understand my top love language is Acts of Service. It is how receive love, though not necessarily how I give it. I give love through Words of Affirmation. That experience reminded me of two things:
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.
Again by contrast, that means, what you don’t make happen for others, God will not make happen for you! Might want to think about that before the next time we pray!
The value of this wisdom key
You’re rewarded proportionate to the problems you solve. When you solve a problem…You create favour. Listen to what Jesus says:
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. Revelations 22:12.
The Greek word is Ergon and that is “works, acts, deeds.” That can refer to both physical labour and actions with moral implications producing either good or bad consequences. In this case the latter makes more sense. Jesus will reward us according to our actions towards others. After all, the lessons He taught all had to do with character:
Basically according to the way you followed these principles, you would be rewarded. Think about this for a second:
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:17
If you can help someone, do it. Money is nothing more than a reward for solving problems. When you apply for a job all they say is, “Solve these problems and this is your salary.” Lawyers solve legal problems. Mothers solve emotional problems.
When you solve a problem, you birth memories, you birth favour.
*Solve the problem nearest you.
The problem you solve next…Is the key to your promotion.
What kind of problems are you willing to solve?