ADD VALUE TO YOURSELF
Preached 11th September, 2015 At THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD ONITSHA By APOSTLE PETER ODOEMENA THE SON OF MAN “THE SUPREME INTELLIGENCE” “Truth has no substitute” © BRIDE OF CHRIST MINISTRY WORLD-WIDE
unlocking your inner STRENGTH
Gentle men in the PA system, I have not got what I needed. Make the sound of the PA system sharp. We are not playing music here.
The essence of the PA System is to get the message across. If it is not serving the purpose, the problem is not with the gadget, but with you.
I have always been warning; do not handle God’s matter carnally. Anything that is designated to Christ must be handled spiritually.
If you do not pray, do not go near that place. Not when you must have messed yourselves up in your homes, carnally you just go to that place, sit down like drones, troubling the system. Every instrument in the presence of God is holy and sanctified. To God be the glory.
We will continue to praise God while we live. Today is another bright day He has made. Do not look at the weather; He purposed that it should be so for your own good and for My own good.
Increasing the volume is not making the sound sharp. Make it sharp before increasing the volume. I am making a tape that is going worldwide. If it is noisy, it will be difficult for those transcribing the message!
Even Deacon Vin is there. I believe by now we must have mastered the use of that thing. It is lack of seriousness on the part of the operators. Until I dismiss all of you from there; and the moment I dismiss all of you from there because of inefficiency, God bear Me witness, I am sending you back to your homes because you are not serving any other useful purpose here. If that thing that is committed into your hand cannot be effective, I wonder what else you can do effectively.
I hope nobody is outside? Get seated while we praise God. I know it was the blood, I know it was the blood, I know it was the blood for me…, one day when I was lost, Christ died upon the cross, I know it was the blood for me.
I know many did not know this song. Those that know it have forgotten it. It is an ancient number. It is there in your song book.
I know your problems. You find it difficult to wake up in your bed early hours of the morning to seek the face of God. Some will stay in the bed even till five o’clock. Some six o’clock. It is absolutely wrong. Absolutely wrong!
That is why you lack inner strength. Begin to exercise it from now if you have not been doing it. Do not use what you call your stop clock or alarm, no. Allow the Holy Spirit to wake you up.
Some do not even pray before they go to bed. If you do not pray before you go to bed, your mind ruminating on the things of the world.
PRAYERS ATTRACT God’s presence into your dream. Into your hearts and in everything. And the spirit of God must wake you up at the right time.
Do not be stubborn, do not be disobedient. When the spirit says, “Get up”, do not look at the time until you are through. Do not consider the time, simply wake up. Take yourself to a corner, seek the face of God.
Do it as a daily practice, you must have a testimony to share. To stay in the bed beyond three o’clock is lack of revelation. Lack of revelation!!
Even if you are sick, a true seed of God who is wise and intelligent operates at that time both the demons and destructive spirits operate.
Great attacks that befall mankind have been discovered to be recorded between 2 am and 3 am. At a time when remedy will not be in sight. You find it difficult even to wake your neighbours up. That is the time.
And that time, nothing disturbs you. It is you and yourself. Do not look at the clock until you are free. It is that time you begin to hear voices depending on your level of operation.
You hear audible voice, stILl small voice. You begin to have experiences that assume supernatural. Then, nobody will teach you to praise God.
You will discover that the songs you never thought of will begin to flow into your heart and register there. You will be HUMMING them in your heart, to your bedroom, to your toilet, to the kitchen, to the shOP. Even, it can be the whole day. When you want to stop it, the thing will refuse to stop.
I do not believe it is the devil. It is a sure sign that you have AN encounter with God. He will give you a message direct, make you a new fellow.
Then, when we come together with that spirit, I believe, worshipping God will be made easy. You see the heavy weight on you until Pastor Dan will come here, shout and scream, then begin to play music for you as your revival. No! It is not so!
You must sing in your spirit, praise God in your spirit. Making melody in your heart. Amen.
“Give all glory to the Lord He reign, give all praises to the Lord He reigns, He reigns, He reigns forever, we give all glory to the Lord He reigns.” I want to hear this line alone. This middle line alone. I come to this line. I want to know those people that are really praising God. Get ready, it is your turn. This line, oya!
The middle line again! “Give all glory to the Lord He reign, give all praises to the Lord He reigns, He reigns, He reigns forever, we give all glory to the Lord He reigns.” Amen.
I mean, the Isles heard what took place. Not the ears. The eyes heard it. So, the result is clear. The middle line won the day. Amen. Halleluiah! Amen. To God be the glory.
To God be the glory, great things He has done. To God be the glory, great things He has done. To God be the glory, great things He has done. To God be the glory, great things He has done. Halleluiah! Amen.
To God alone be the glory for the great things He has accomplished in our lives, in our families, in the whole world making a Name for Himself. He has made a Name for Himself. He has made a Name for Himself. Yes! He has made a Name for Himself.
Thank you, thank you Lord, we say thank you Lord, we say thank you for everything you have done. Amen.
A “CHURCHEOUS” GENERATION
It is My wish to welcome all of you before the presence of Almighty God whom we have decided to serve for the saving of our souls.
There is no better place you can find yourself than where you are now. This is the best place a living being can find himself. The prophets longed for it, the whole priests of old, the Apostles dying at His feet.
If the world will have that revelation, GTC will not accommodate human beings.
Well, some may say it is very expensive to travel long distance to worship God; it is a risk. I say they are ignorant. Nobody has ever travelled for three months or one week on the highway for the sake of seeing God in our own generation.
Jesus was right when He said that Many, many, many generations and even those he heard about must rise up in judgement to condemn this generation including the Queen of Sheba.
People that heard about the wisdom of God displayed in a man, he travelled long distance that took him a month just to see him with their eyes, hear him talk. Wisdom is there.
But today, everybody will like Christ to come at his doorstep. Even if He does, they will not acknowledge Him. They may even say He is a beggar. If He stays in the mountain and bids them to come, only few. In the garden, only few. On the plain ground, only few. If He visits them, He will become a beggar. Lack of revelation!
Greater than William Branham is here. That is the prophet whom you say you believe. In his day, people travelled long distances. They carried their food, they carried their makeshift shelter, they carried their children.
Some stayed seven days on the highway before getting to Jeffersonville. If he announced his trip to any city, seven days before he will be there, they were there already.
Jesus told his disciples, “Let us cross to the other side of the sea”, the scripture recorded while he was preparing to enter the boat, millions were already there.
This is a crooked and perverse generation – a “Churcheous” generation. A generation that know not God. A religious generation. They have gone beyond, looking for signs and wonders.
A generation that hates the truth. A generation that is poor, miserable, blind and knoweth it not. A generation that says “Unless we see with our eyes.” When they see, they will not also believe.
We are a privileged people to be here. It is not by your own human desire. So, I believe it is a divine desire.
I want to give you My own tonic. Let Me serve you morning kolanut from the Son of Man’s Throne of Grace. It is not for everybody. It is only for those that are here now.
It is not your Sunday school; place it wherever you want to place it. You can call it “Good morning brethren.” Amen.
YOU ARE THE VESSEL WHERE HEAVENLY TREASURE IS STORED
Let us turn to the scriptures, to the book of 2nd Corinthians chapter 4, verses 6 and 7.
Do not begin to wonder what the Son of Man is going to use as His kola nut. I will use nothing but His word. We will divide the word of truth rightly. I believe a portion of the word can go round the world.
It is said that a community where one kolanut cannot serve everybody, it is a sure sign that the people there do not have fingers. If you have finger nails, one kolanut can serve the whole community with the use of finger nails.
With your finger nails, you split it. That is how I am going to split the word now. I will go the way you never envisaged.
The tonic is for you here not for those who are not here. Except those who travelled by permission. But anybody that ought to be here but is not here will not get it. No matter the way it is presented to the fellow, the person will not get it.
It could have been in My family altar yesterday. But I went another way. I purposed to use it as My family altar message but along the way, I gave them that which was very, very essential for that day. So, this is our family altar, let us have it collectively.
Second Corinthians chapter 4 verses 6 through 7. “For God who commanded the Light to shine out of darkness,…”
Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness? God!
“…has shined in our hearts,…”
What is shining in your heart? The light God commanded to come out of darkness.
For God has transferred you from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light where your eyes, your minds, your hearts will be wholly illuminated. The light of God radiating from His presence has now engulfed all the children of God.
Hence He says, “You are no longer in the dark, for your eyes of understanding have been illuminated by the brightness of the presence of God through the entrance of His word into your heart.” For God who commanded light to shine out of darkness is now shining in your heart.
“For God who commanded the Light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts,…”
If I should go to the message of love, I will go off from My target because whoever that hates his brother, his sister or anybody is living in the dark. Darkness has comprehended his heart so that he can no longer see the light of the glory of God.
You must walk in the light as He is in the light. Walking in the light of God. I will handle it not today. And that light which He has radiated into the world is the life of men.
Thus, let your light so shine before men that they might see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.
Hold it there! Put Me in remembrance that I promised to handle it as a Sunday school. “Walking in the Light of God.”
Many are groping in darkness. Their deceitful hearts is telling them that they are walking in the light. I will show you scripturally, naturally, what it takes to walk in the light.
You may have eyes that can see every creature, yet before God, you are blind. My heart is pure, that is your own assessment. Has God said so? Let Me stop there.
Yes, God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness is now shining in our hearts. We know what His aim is. That the Excellency of the Majesty might be revealed in you, in Me. Through you, through Me. Not of your own making but of His own making. Read that scripture.
“For God who commanded the Light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God…”
To give what? To give the light of the knowledge of what? Of the glory of God! Light of the knowledge of the glory of God that is revealed in your own day.
“…to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure…”
But we have this treasure; we have this wonderful treasure stored not in the bank. We have this treasure stored not in your libraries, not in the Bible, not in any sermon book, not even in your wardrobes; not in your material possession. This treasure is stored. We have this treasure.
“…But we have this treasure in earthen vessels…”
Where? In earthen vessels. Earthen vessels! Earthen vessels! Is He referring to your jerry can? No sir! Your calabash? No sir! Your earthen pot? No sir! You are the earthen vessels. Not one vessel, but vessels!
Remember, in the house of God, there are many vessels. Not only vessels of gold and silver, even there are some made of clay, some of wood. Some to honour, some to dishonor. But whosoever that purifieth himself.
It is not God that will purify you; you purify yourself by creating an entrance for the word of God into your heart. The only purifying agent that purified the heart of man. By man I mean a seed of God. A heart that is not receptive to the word of God is not a seed of God.
The prodigal son was a seed of God. Nobody preached to him. Nobody told him to repent or you perish. He wondered away because of the riches of the world. When the riches of the world disappointed him, he found himself kneeling on the ground.
Yes, we have this treasure stored in earthen vessels.
“…But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the Excellency of the power may be of God,…”
That the Excellency of the power of that vessel where the treasure is stored might be of God, not of the vessel.
I do not know whether we are getting this tonic. It is not Sunday school. Call it the Son of Man’s kolanut.
But we have this treasure stored in earthen vessels. Why not see yourself as one of those earthen vessels habouring the treasure.
I am one of those earthen vessels harbouring the treasure. I was groping in darkness; God commanded His light to shine on my dark heart. But we have this treasure stored in earthen vessels.
“…But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the Excellency of the power may be of God,…”
That the Excellency of the power, the Excellency of the power that is stored in that earthen vessel
“…May be of God and not of us.” KJV.
May be of God; Will be attributed to God. The treasure iS God, the vessel is you. The treasure is God, the vessel is you. I am a living vessel containing God’s treasure.
You know what treasure is? Wherever a man’s treasure is stored, there his heart will be. If God has found Me worthy to make me the store house of His treasure, you want Me to believe that He will turn His back against the vessel harbouring His treasure? No way!
God can just come up one morning and just break the vessel and let out the treasure? Impossible! If you have ever been to any bank under construction, go and see the materials that are used in constructing the strong room.
Find out from the manager of the bank the number of persons that hold the key to the strong room. Use bomb in the house, the strong room is there. Bomb the bank, the strong room is there.
How do you think that the managing director – the owner of the bank who stored his treasure in the strong room will come and use axe and break it or let it be opened anyhow?
The strength of the bank is in the strong room. For too many things are there. Apart from liquid cash, it harbours secret documents not only for the bank but for the whole world. That is why it is guarded with godly jealousy.
There are too many staffs that work in the bank without approaching the strong room. I mean that is manmade, that possesses earthly materials.
You are the vessel where heavenly treasure is stored. Have you ever seen yourself from this angle before? You have read this scripture over and over; you attribute it to something somewhere.
He has stored this treasure in earthen vessels – you and I—
that the Excellency and power which that treasure now possesses may be of God, not of that vessel.
So, it is God that worketh in you, in Me, through Me fulfilling His word.
“For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah). However, we possess this precious treasure…”
We! Plural. Possess this precious treasure.
“…[the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth,…”
In what? Frail human vessels. F.R.A.I.L! Put your hands together! Do you know what frail means? Weak! Weak!! Weak!!! Very weak, fragile. Something that can be broken very easily. Look at what God used.
The simplicity of God has become the greatest stumbling block. How can God empty His treasure in a fragile, frail, weak human being?
But there is no other way the Excellency and power of God might be made manifest without the weak vessel where the power the Excellency are stored.
You know not who you are that is why you walk as beggarly person. Recognize who you are and nobody will buffet you about again. Be sure and convinced of who you are.
I am laying a foundation for Me to talk to you. If I do not use this scripture, you will not understand Me. Amen.
THE TRANSPORTER IS IN OUR MIDST
Second Corinthians chapter 4, verses 6 and 7,
However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness…”
That the grandeur and exceeding greatness
“…that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.” AMP.
And not from ourselves. Living Bible. I am using these three translations to make My background.
“For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
But this precious treasure--this light and power that now shine within us--is held in perishable containers,…”
Is held where? In a perishable containers. Who is that perishable container? I! Na Me! That whatever God is, you know what treasure is where God has placed His content. God’s final bus-stop is where? In a perishable container.
What is man that God is mindful of him? What is man, the Son of Man that gives God sleepless night? Man is just a mere dust. Perishable!
You see, when you begin to hear them asking question, if He is God, why this? If He is this, why this? They talk foolishly not knowing Him nor the power of His resurrection. They think He will be in Immortal, indestructible container. No! Do not look for Him there.
That the Excellency and power of His Majesty might be of God and not of the perishable container. Glory be to God.
“…But this precious treasure--this light and power that now shine within us--is held in perishable containers,…”
Is the light shining to us from a perishable container? Yes sir!
“…that is, in our weak bodies…”
In our weak bodies! In our weak bodies. In our weak bodies. W.E.A.K. bodies! Weak bodies. In weak bodies. In perishable bodies.
Who can believe this? To God be the glory great things He has done. God in simplicity stumble’s the heathens. You see the manifold wisdom of God?
Yes, that the Excellency and Majesty of His power might be of God and not of the weak, frail, perishable container.
“…So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own.” LB.
Praise the Lord. Sit down and give Me your ears for five minutes.
You might be wondering what the Son of Man wants to offer as the kolanut or “good morning” family altar. Well, I know many topics might be flowing in your hearts concerning the scripture we read. You might have been reading it having your own interpretation and things like that. The glory is here.
I am talking to you briefly on a short exhortation titled “Hu, huu, huuu.” You can spell it. Hu, huu, huuu. I know if I do not explain it, somebody will say, “Who is me?” well, thank you very much.
To all of you that are here, of course, you do not know how long you are going to stay in this mortal flesh, but I am assuring you with every amount of certainty, at a time when you least expected, this your flesh must be transformed.
He is no longer waiting for you; He is waiting for His own time. For the time that is appointed is fast approaching. And it is a secret that is hidden in Him.
But before then, we must continue with our normal activities. Remember that the difference between the children of God and children of the world is one thing: we walk in the light of His presence; the illumination of the word of God.
We engage in normal activities, life as usual in the fear of God. But they are doing the same thing without the fear of God.
In the days of Noah, it was life as usual. In the days of Noah, it was life as usual. In the day of Sodom and Gomorrah, life as usual. In the days of Son of Man, life as usual.
But the difference is that those that wait upon the promise, although they might indulge in other activities like other human beings, they are doing them in the fear of God, waiting for the promise of the hour.
Because He said, “At a time when you least expected, He that will come will come and will not tarry.” But He is already here. He is already here. (Selah).
We are not waiting for Him to come again; the Transporter that will take us home is here. We are likened to the people that want to make a trip; the vehicle that is hired to take us is parked. The driver is also there. But there is time attached for the movement.
Just like the aeroplane, it does not wait for anybody but for time. The moment the time clocks, whether passengers are there or not, the aeroplane must take off.
I am saying that the aeroplane that will take us is here. You know what I mean by aeroplane taking you? And you know where it is taking you to is here?
The power that caused Jesus to resurrect is here stored in earthen vessels. The power that caused Him to come back to life is already in you. The dynamics, the mechanics, they are all here. But the time is what everybody is waiting for.
When you are set for a trip, the aeroplane or the vehicle that will take you is there, the pilot or the driver is equally there; your eyes will no longer be on your vehicle but on your clock. Sure!
Thus, if I should talk to you next time, I will say, “fix your eyes not on the sky but on your clock.” What time is it brethren? Adjust your clock very well so that you don’t get a disturbing information.
Our clock must have uniform setting. Uniform setting. Not when My own is saying three o’clock your own is saying half-past-two. One must be right the other one wrong. Or the two may be wrong. Let us set it right.
I am saying that while we are here, we must indulge in activities like others if we must continue to live. Otherwise, we may commit suicide and attribute it to God. No! Amen.
Adding value to yourself
God wants us to live and wait for Him. For that, I want to rehearse something.
Few years ago, I gave you a message titled, “Adding value to life.” Is it not true? Perfect truth! If you have your own copy, you can go through it.
But today, My topic is, “Adding value to yourself.” Make yourself valuable by adding value to yourself.
You cannot add value to the society unless you are valuable. A man, a woman that is not valuable cannot add value to people around him even to his environment because he is valueless.
For you to add value to the society because it is believed and they know it is true that whatever services any man renders that can add value to the life of people around him must attract money. Must attract better life.
But before you do it, you must add value to yourself. The reason why many are poor, grossly impoverished is because they have not discovered the secret of adding value to themselves. They have never discovered the secret of making themselves valuable.
Pause a little, assess it very critically. Can a man add value to himself? Yes. The same way a production firm improves on the quality of their products so as to attract more customers; they add value to their products by improving the quality.
I am saying that you must do something to improve your quality. Every human being is likened to a product. A product without quality is a waste.
Just like salt, it is good for seasoning food. But when it loses its taste, sand is better than the salt. A manufacturer that is not conscious of the quality of the products he is bringing out to the general public will die of starvation.
That is why, a manufacturer of anything be it design, craft, academic, any aspect of human life to thrive and compete favourably with his opponents in the competitive work, he must be conscious of his quality of his own – quality control. Your product will advertise you, not you advertising your product.
I will speak briefly and allow you to catch Me when I will be summarizing it. Adding value to yourself. Make yourself valuable. An indispensable resort where people can go.
A manufacturer that produces high quality materials uses customer’s money for his production. For people must book the goods ahead of time. And booking is not effective until money is deposited.
By this, he will be bragging. A customer may need twenty cartons, he will tell him that he will give him four that he does not have enough. Yet, he is holding the customer’s money. If you want your money, he will say “Take your money and go.”
Why? He is sure and certain that he is an indispensable resource material which the customer need if his business must thrive. Am I making sense? Yes sir!
One, he must add value to himself. For the quality of the good is determined by one; the vision of the owner. Many indulge in business activities without vision, without focus. Some indulge in business with weak attitudes. Very weak attitudes.
What is that weak attitudes? They settle down to print complimentary cards, writing their names as managing director when they are managing nothing. Buy phone numbers, they will flood the complimentary cards with twenty numbers. Call this line, call this line, call this line. What are you managing? Absolutely nothing. Industry without any product. Product is complimentary cards. Rubbish!
You must add value to yourself first. One, walk towards improving your quality if you have quality at all. For you to improve on your quality, you must be a man or woman of quality. Then, you work towards improving it.
Many appear to be building castles in the air, chasing the shadows. They are not realistic even in their approaches to issues that affect them directly that will determine their future.
That is why, if you watch craft men among us, you do not know where to place them. You cannot say, this is what we know him for. They are company owners. Business owners without any output. If there is any output, it is output without quality because the man has no quality.
If you are a man of quality, you will aim at presenting first-class quality product to the world that will stand the test of time not copyright. Not photocopy, not carbon copy. First-class product that will be credited to you as your own work.
I want you to understand this basic fact, man or woman: there is a divine purpose why God created every human being. Do not say, “I am a woman, if I have been a man, this is what I could have accomplished.”
“It is because I am a man, if I have been a woman; this is what I could have been now.” Na lie!
God made you a woman for a reason. He made you a man for a reason. Acknowledge who you are. Now, discover the divine purpose for making you a man or a woman.
If you are a woman, He created you that you may impact positively to people around you. A man, the same thing. But you are to add quality to yourself before the divine purpose for creating you will be made manifest.
That is why I emphasis on knowledge plus talent. Knowledge plus talent. Knowledge develops talent. But talent does not develop knowledge.
If you are sent to school, be serious with it. Acquire enough academic knowledge that will help you to realize who you are. And then recognize that which you can do very well even without learning it from anybody. You can learn everything from people, you do not learn talent.
Find out your talent. That which you know nobody taught you. Even your parents never taught you that. You never went to any school; you never served any apprenticeship to learn it. Check that thing very well and it is bubbling in you. You see it manifesting.
When you have the two, it is, add value to yourself by going for that thing that will help you sell your product which is your talent, across.
If you discover it is poor academic background that is withholding your talent, go for further studies so that you can interact with people that know your talent. Because talent without academic backup is underpriced. Yes, underpriced!
Even if you can work greater than the greatest engineer, you must be underpriced. But by performance, you can outwork everybody but because you have nothing to back it up, you must be underpriced.
It is upon this backdrop that people go for further training. Not to acquire more skills but to acquire greater knowledge that would make them market their talents. Am I making sense? Yes sir!
You must add value to yourself first before you can add value to the society. Begin now to look inwards. There are many ways you can add value to yourself.
You cannot become what you want to be until you do that which will lead you to your talent. Refuse to do what you ought to do; you will never realize what you want in life. You will end it as having wishful thinking.
Hear Me well. You are God’s earthen vessels where the treasure is stored. The power God used to create the heavens and the earth even the fullness thereof, revealing the Excellency of His Majesty; all the works of God are majestic. The flaming power, it is embedded, stored in you and in Me, man or woman.
I want you to understand this fact. The characteristics of the vessel at any given time is determined by the content (s) of the vessel.
Because it is an earthen vessel, if you pour hot water into it, the body of the vessel automatically becomes hot. You pour cool water into it, the body automatically becomes cool. Am I making sense? Yes sir! I am landing somewhere.
You can add value to yourself but it depends on what is stored in the earthen vessel. What the earthen vessel harbours is what is reflecting on the body of the vessel. If he harbours progressive thoughts, innovative ideas, the Excellency and Majesty and power of the vessel shall be made manifest by IT’S worth.
If he harbours indolence, if he harbours laziness, if he harbours foolish thoughts, reckless thoughts, definitely, the world shall see through the body of the vessel. The fragile, weak container from where the greatness and glory of God is revealed. It is also where all these unprogressive life styles emanate. It depends on what is stored into the vessel.
Store in quality ideas, quality thoughts, quality vision, stop there. Watch the response. The body will remain restless until it has fulfilled its purpose. Until the ambition of that which is inside is achieved, the body remains restless. One that has not gotten to its destination DOESN’T stop. You must add value to yourself.
Another priceless value is integrity. Not ordinary integrity but transparent integrity. This is the product of the entrance of the word of God in you. Transparent integrity. The man of his words, the woman of her words. One people around can repose great confidence in.
I bet you, when you add value to yourself, sooner than you THINK; the world will stand up for you. Refuse to add VALUE; you must become a public entertainer. A town crier, a master of ceremony, a decorated poor man, a mediocre.
You know what it means to be a decorated poor man. Nobody is born poor, nobody is born rich. If you are rich in the things of God, your vessel is rich. Your output automatically shoots you to touch the sky because you are rich in the things of God.
If you are poor in the things of God, you are merely going to church preaching and shouting, definitely it will reflect. The Excellency of His Majesty can never be made visible in you. Whatever God does is excellent, that is why we refer to Him as “His Excellency.”
If you have no quality, you have not added value to YOURSELF; you can never render an excellent service to humanity even to God.
Scripturally speaking, St. Paul addressed Timothy to strive to add quality to himself. How? He told Timothy, “Study to show yourself approved unto God. a workman that need not to be ashamed but rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Do not stop at following me; do not stop at preaching, but study to improve your quality that you might be approved of God and of men.
To Titus, he said, “Titus, add quality to yourself. Strive to make foolproof of your ministry. Let no man look down on you.” You strive to add value to yourself. I will not stop where I am, I will go further. Where I am is not enough. Where I am will not help me to reach my target.
Once you add value to yourself, you must fix a target. Your target is there, you stop at nothing; not even death will stop you from hitting your target.
When you become a man of value, you become a man of focus. You become a hard working man. Because by hard work, vision and focus, you must reach your target. By hard work, vision and focus, you must touch the sky.
Add value to yourself and then be an overpriced, overpriced quality worker, quality material where some people will be crying that you should reduce your price.
Students, it has become a challenge to all of you. Many graduated from the Universities and roam about the streets for many years. Why? They have not discovered the secret of adding value to themselves. They only acquire certificate without adding value to themselves.
The same way it is applicable to men and women. Whatever might be your desire, I do not care what that thing is. If you want to be marketable, you must add value to yourself.
You do not need to advertise yourself. Wherever you are, people must come for you because you are valuable. but if you are valueless, browsers will use you to browse, after browsing, they dump you into the recycle bin and begin to browse again.
On this note, I say thank you. This is My morning tea. Amen.