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Greetings you and welcome once again to LIFECLASS. Many thanks for joining in. I’m David Adeniji and I’m glad to have you in class.

Today, I begin with good news. Our First Book Is Out – Focus On What Is Working. By the special grace of God, we’re bringing this series to a pause after the next episode. That’s tomorrow. I’m glad to announce to you that our first book on LIFECLASS is out – Focus On What Is Working. Directions on how to get the book are on You can also contact me privately. Believe me, this news cheers me. Thank you for following, and thank you for every feedback.

Please make it a point of duty to invite someone to LIFECLASS . At least someone every week. Do you even know that inviting people to LIFECLASS is a way of preaching the Gospel to them and winning their souls for Jesus? And that comes with great rewards.

I’m so excited about today’s LIFECLASS. I told you not to miss the remaining episodes this week before we bring the series to a pause. Today’s LIFECLASS is titled: No Sentiments, Choose Carefully, No Sentiments, Choose carefully

Just immediately after David left Saul, dumping his vain weapons of deceit, weapons that he himself as king does not have confidence in. Just immediately after he turned down that offer in 1 Samuel chapter 17 verse 39 and decided to focus what is already working, on using what he’s already familiar with, primitive weapons and tools he had at that time, like his sling, shepherd’s staff and shepherd’s pouch , the very next verse, verse 40, Bible says clearly that David selected 5 smooth stones. We’ve been so used to this story and we fail to pay attention to the fact that He didn’t just pack stones randomly, he SELECTED carefully. He CHOSE 5 stones carefully. And didn’t choose rough stones or just any kind of stones, he chose SMOOTH STONES.  Take note: smooth stones.

Despite being under pressure after rejecting what sounds like the biggest offer of his life, which of course is fake help, he certainly would be under pressure to deliver. All eyes are on him. People will be sayings things like: ok, you’ve turned down that millionaire man who offered to marry you just because he isn’t born again right, let’s see who will come for you now.

But David understood that even though he has opted for primitive weapons such as simple stones, not just any stone would so. The stones must be smooth, so they must be carefully selected, irrespective of the pressure he had in him, the stones must be well selected. They must be smooth.

Today, you must change this anything-goes mentality. You should begin to choose carefully who you stand with, what you stand for, and where you stand at. Choose carefully the friends you move with as the people you associate with are big  determiners of your success, after God. David chose the best and smoothest stones from the brook. Please keep your eyes open, pay attention to every detail. Don’t try to cut corners or always hunt for too good to be true offers. Whether cheap or expensive, my God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. So stop looking for ridiculous discounts to the extent of enslaving yourself or cutting corners on God’s behalf. He can pay your bills.

As an Employer of labour do not just ask employees what they have to offer the company, you should also state in clear terms what you have to offer the employee. I know people who never dare to ask for the price of brand new things. They feel it’s not meant for them. Sometime, you cheat yourself, because the price of the new is very close to that of the fairly new. If only you had seen yourself as deserving the best.

When you chose, choose the best. Nothing will happen. Set yourself free from this manage-it kind of mentality. Manage the food, manage the house, manage this, manage that.


The life you have in Christ is a life with class. Oh by the way, let me tell you the meaning of LIFECLASS, the name of this class we’re in. You may say it is a class where we teach Life. You’re right. But there’s even a deeper dimension to LIFECLASS, which resonates with the topic I’m treating  today.

According to science, human beings are categorized scientifically into certain specie called Homo Sapiens and a certain CLASS called: Mammalia or simply mammals. That is the scientific class we belong to, according to science, and that’s physical. But let’s leave science and talk about the real us. The spirit. We belong to a spiritual Class called LIFE, that’s according to Genesis chapter 2 verse 7. And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the earth, and he breathed into his nostrils the breathe of LIFE, and man became a living soul.

Again, in Romans 8:2, Bible says, for the law of the SPIRIT of LIFE in Christ Jesus, has set us free from the law of sin and death, that is if you’ve given you life to Jesus. So in essence, just as we belong to a physical class called Mammalia or mammals, we belong rather to a spiritual class called LIFE, that’s LIFECLASS. That life however is the life of God. The same Life that Jesus has, that makes him God. So we have the same quality of life that God has. Isn’t that amazing? That’s why the Bible says in Romans chapter 8 vs 11 that

If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

So you see, if you must command victory in every situation, you must carefully select your options, your actions, and choose your methods carefully. Choose your words carefully when you engage with people. Use the best words possible. Don’t talk or act before you think about the consequences of your speech or actions. Select your friends jealously, choose your employers or employees carefully and prayerfully.

Choose your leaders carefully. Be like David here who carefully selected smooth stones from the brook and not just any kind of stones. And he consequently went ahead, applied just one of the carefully selected stones, and in no time, Got Goliath dead.

But why did I have to do all that explanation, it is so you know that you must not settle for anything less than God’s taste and preference for you. This isn’t about you, it’s about Him. You’re a signature of god’s nature. It’s like saying that you’re an artiste under God’s record label, or let’s say, you’re an earthly franchise of God’s conglomerate. You must represent all he stands for. You must select the best always. You must be choosy, no sentiments, it’s not about you, it’s about him. Even where it appears that life presents you with few choices in one circumstance of the other, one of those choices has to be the best choice available, if not, you discard all the alternatives and CREATE a new alternative that doesn’t exist yet, because your God is a creator and you are a creative creature of his.

The lesson in Today’s LIFECLASS is very simple, but instructive. No sentiments, always chose carefully. Select God’s best for you. Embrace excellence. No matter what situation you find yourself and no matter what pressure people mount on you. Always take your time and remember you belong to LIFECLASS  – a spiritual class that God also belongs  to. You carry God’s life in you and you’re not permitted to settle for less than the best

Say Lord Jesus, what a revelation today, I belong to LIFECLASS, a spiritual order named LIFE, the same class that God belongs to. From today, I refuse to settle for less than God’s best for me. I refuse to tolerate sickness of any form, in my body, and I refuse to embrace failure or mediocrity as an option.

And if you haven’t given your life to Jesus, just key into this right now. It’s an opportunity that is rare. Say Lord Jesus, I want to Join LIFECLAS, I want to join that God order of LIFE where God also belongs to. I release myself to unto you. Receive me into your kingdom. Daddy, blot out my sins, I’m ready to forsake them in the Name of Jesus.

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Many thanks once again for attending LIFECLASS today. See you tomorrow again by God’s grace

A big welcome once again to LIFECLASS. I’m always grateful to God for the opportunity to keep doing this everyday.

It is true that you certainly need people to succeed. But it isn’t true that you have to be obsessed with looking for people who will help you. If you engage in that search without the holy spirit, often times toy get into the wrong hands. I like staying away very far from situations that put my fate in the hands of man completely. Please don’t be lazy at birthing revelations in God’s presence that will settle you for a lifetime. I think the problem with most of us is that we are lazy. Don’t get me wrong. You’re hardworking physically, but lazy spiritually. We permit the devil to take over territories of our lives and we then blame our conditions on bad government and bad economy.  The discussion neither about whether a government is good or bad or whether inflation is high or low is nor for us as believers to get engrossed with. I told you yesterday that you have been helped.

I’m still staging closely with David’s ordeal with Saul when he needed approval to go fight Saul – to get shot into stardom. And that is in 1 Samuel chapter 17 verse 39

Just when one would think that the young man is lucky to have met with the king who should be glad that someone has finally volunteered to commit his life to rescuing the nation; Just when one would think David’s endorsement will come too cheap, he got an offer that will suppress his potentials and make the enemy destroy him too easily. Or what do you think? Goliath would have sliced him like a piece of cake, had he gone with those heavy-duty weapons. That’s what you get when you go about desperately  looking for endorcements and recommendation of men. Someone must endorse or recommend you if you must get to the top, but let God connect you with that someone. Joseph did not look for the butler who later introduced him to pharaoh, neither did he beg for that endorsement, the butler got thrown into jail, so he met him effortlessly

This morning, let me please quickly talk to those who go about looking for one celebrity to endorse them or some big shot to recommend them. Believe me, you’re spending that precious time unwisely and chances are, you will fall into the wrong hands. The easiest way to be recognized is to do one thing and do it consistently. Very soon, you’d be recognized. The barrier to this however is if that maybe it’s not paying your bills. So you may be forced to quit that thing which you find pleasure doing. The solution to that of course is to understand that no one becomes great by pushing to make ends meet. Real success does not visit people who are out for the money. Money needs you more than you need it. Without you, money will have no expression. Bible says the blessings of the lord makes rich and adds no sorrow  – Prov 10:22

Let me show you how to get endorsement quickly. Think about solving a global problem or a national issue.   When David chose to go head to head with Goliath, he knew that killing a Goliath would mean killing a national enemy. When Joseph interpreted the king’s dream. He saved the Nation from a major national crisis.  Build products that will not just touch few people. Stop thinking about yourself and how to pay your children school fees or how to send them abroad. It’s still about you. You want to be endorsed? Then stop being selfish.

Have you checked the Bible closely to see that everyone who did exploits there solved a global problem or a national issue? Moses took the Israelites nation out of captivity. God used him to solve a 430 year old national issue that had plunged the whole nation into servitude.

From today, begin to Channel your prayers correctly. Say Lord, open my eyes to a global or national problem I can solve. You have what the world does not have. You have the spirit of Christ.

Just because someone else is making it through forex does not make it the next big thing for you. I’m not saying forex is bad, but Just because your friend has started a church and is now living fine is not enough reason to switch career. That Mr or Mrs XYZ recently quit his job, for one business or the other does not mean the time is now for you to do so. Everyone has their time.  If you’re going to make things turn around or you want to spring out of the corner the devil has put you, you must not be busy looking for the next big event, or the next big business idea or the next big flourishing company who wants to recruit you. You should rather be looking for the hidden talents, equipment, gifts, people that you have hitherto not been paying attention to. In essence, you should be looking for the next big problem to solve with the abilities inherent in you but you that you haven’t been paying attention to because you think it’s not in vogue


David didn’t let the euphoria of standing before the king or the honour of having his weapon on, get into his head. Yes it was a honour having the offer of using a veteran’s weapons at war, but hey, it was not more important than honouring his God given tools, however primitive they look.


David chose not to be intimidated by the fake potentials in King Saul’s weapons. He must have thought in himself, if this King’s weapons are as lethal as he wants me to believe, why didn’t he face the giant with it. Instead, David decided to use his own primitive weapons – the stones, his sling, his Shepherd’s pouch, and his hands because he knew that the giant is already a dead man by defying the army of the Lord Of Hosts and cursing God. So he knew it’s not the spear and the sword that will kill this man, he already a dead man even before the battle. The reason you’re going to be great is because God says so, whether anyone likes it or not. All you need to do is cooperate with him.

The people you admire also have challenges. Its not all rosy with people out there as it seem. Sometimes I laugh when everybody suddenly wants to become the next TV model, or the next big comedian or the next big musician or the next big politician making the rounds, winning elections. As good as it sounds; TV is not as real as you see it. So much make up, so many exaggerated stories and so much of promoting what is not. If you watch too much of TV, you will think the only definition of success is being on TV. What I want to tell you is to focus on building value into yourself just like David had practiced slinging stones repeatedly until he was confident enough its the only skill he needed to kill Goliath.

Then I advice you that irrespective of where you find yourself or who you stand before, make sure you write your own story the way you want people to recite it. Talk about yourself exactly how you want people to address you, again just as David forced saul to respect his primitive tools as sufficient weaponry for the battle against the strongest enemy of the nation. You’re a bigger brand than most of the hypes you see on air..I’ll certainly see you at the top.

Say Lord Jesus, Thank you for showing me what I just saw in your word. I will not struggle to get things done. I will labour in the word, and in your presence. Lord, when you endorse me, people will look for me. When you annoint me, people will listen to me. Help me to solve a global problem. Open eyes and give me solutions to national issues. In Jesus Name.

But you need to come to Jesus to today, that prayer will work for you if you have received him into your life. Say Lord Jesus, I come to you today. Oh I now see what I stand to gain if I have you in my life. I accept you today as my Lord and saviour. I’m free indeed. In Jesus Name. Amen

Thanks you for joining the class today. Let’s meet tomorrow again on lifeclass

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In today’s LIFECLASS, I want to simply tell you that your experience counts. You have some unique experience that counts for something. You may value it, you may not. People may value it and they may not. Employers may value it, they may say it’s insufficient. Customers may take it for granted and say it doesn’t count. But  none of these can change the fact that you just have some experience in something or another, that counts for something. That experience may not be sufficient to earn you a position in somebody’s company, but that doesn’t remove anything from the fact that that experience is unique, its something other people don’t have.

I once told my friends that it doesn’t matter how little I know, no one can know everything I know. It doesn’t matter how little your experience is. No one has all the experience you have. The most brilliant geek on earth cannot know everything an illiterate somewhere knows,. Its a mystery that God has designed to prove that all men are unique

Yesterday, we saw in 1 Sam 17:39,  how David preferred his primitive tools against Saul’s weapons of war. A few verses before that scenerio, another episode had happened that is also worth paying attention to. David declared to king Saul that he was going to face the giant. Saul was quick to tell him the obvious – you are not qualified – you’re only but a boy. This guy is an experienced fighter. You are neither a soldier nor an experienced fighter. To fighter this man, you need to be a veteran.

Many times people have told you to your face that you’re not qualified for one thing or the other. And perhaps they were right. But what you however might have failed to do is to spell out clearly afterwards to yourself and to them the things you’re indeed qualified for. This morning, there’s a task I have for you. Pull up again a sheet of paper and write down the things you’re qualified for. Think deep. If you’re thinking about academic qualification alone, then you’re limiting God and consequently limiting yourself. Hello friend. If only few people have told you this in a long time. I will tell you for free. You’re qualified. Maybe not in the things you claim to be selling now, and perhaps not in the things you’re  branding on your CV or proposals, maybe its something else. Something informal. Something you aren’t paying attention to.

It’s like David was going to lose that job, he wasn’t doing well in his job interview. He’s just about to land himself a job he has setup for himself by daring the giant. Oh, or you think he could have gone to fight Goliath without the king’s approval? Oh no, greatness was right before him, but he must pass that interview. He must pull up a reasonable response to counter King Saul’s objection. I ask you what’s your response when you face objections. Look inwards , remember something God has done in the past. Something you are not seeing as a big deal.

Life itself is a marketing excuse, there are always objections, but you need to focus on what is presently working or what has once worked or something you’re working on or an experience you’ve lost track of, to crush those objections. You must never admit those objections as the final. The facts may be evident. What people say about you could be facts. But the truth is what God says about you and not what anyone says. You need to cooperate with him to make them a reality.

By God’s grace, most of the things I’m saying here,  I’ve experienced first hand. If God connects you, that little experience you have is just enough for God to do what will blow your mind. I’m not saying you shouldn’t push for more experience. I’m saying what you have presently is enough for God to multiply just like that little boy’s  5 loaves and 2 fishes in John chapter 6 verses 1-14 was just enough requirement to feed 5,000 men and still have 12 baskets left over.  If God helps you, I tell you Your resume will be the only one that fits the job. Your story will the the only story people want to listen to. So open your mouth right now and say yes, this little experience I have is just ok for God to make use of, at this very moment to change my life.

One way to reduce the number of disappointments you have in life is to quit believing people’s summary of you as standard and final. Look at David once again…

Yes, it is true that David was just a boy, and that he had no combat skills. He had never killed a man, let alone, a giant. You don’t need to deny it when people tell you your weaknesses, but never let them leave without telling them your strengths. You may not deny it when people tell you you’re not experienced at something. But be quick to tell them what you are experienced at. I’ve never killed a giant, but God helped me to kill a I’ve Lion, this giant will fall like the lion fell. You too can say, oh I’ve never been to UK, or us, and i’ve ot studies abroad, but I’ve been to Lagos, I’ve been to Abuja. I seen places. I’ve never handled a multibilion naira project, but I was P.A. to one who handled a multimillion naira deal. I dont have a PhD, but i helped my supervisor with his PhD thesis. Ive never Pastored a church, but im the best pastor my wife and children has ever had.  I do not have what you’re asking for, but here’s what I have. I’m not yet married, but I have friends who are married, and I learn from how father takes care of my mother. Bible says in Psalms Chapter 18 verses 28-29

For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.


David remembered he had once slaughtered a bear and a lion that tried to steal a lamb from his father’s flock which he kept. Now, that’s experience! I have never killed a man, let alone a giant, but I have once killed a bear and a lion. I gripped him by the jaw and tore him apart, to rescue the lamb. If God could help me kill the animal predator to rescue just one lamb, he will help me destroy this human predator, if that is what it rakes to rescue the whole nation

Maybe you already see what I’m driving at today.

Today, I see several people trying to move with the trend of things. Instead of packaging those primitive little little experiences they’ve gathered unconsciously in the past, they rather prefer to take on tasks they know nothing about just because someone else is doing it and is doing well. See just because someone else has become a celebrity fashionista is not enough reason for you to go into fashion. The blessings of the lord maketh rich and addeth no sorrow. I can go on and on and one. Today, we followed closely, yesterday’s trend.

The story I started with yesterday is a huge one. Here’s the point i’m trying to make in today’s class. You’re qualified for something. Stop discarding those experiences, gather them together, and let God use them to take you to a whole new realm. I’d like you to remember the exercise i gave you in the beginning of today’s class. Pull up a sheet of paper and write down those things you’re qualified for. Think deep and do not take any of your experiences for granted. God. uses the small and hidden things more than the obvious ones

Father we thank you for today, we give you praise, honour and adorations. Thank you for opening our eyes to something rather new. Today, we ask that you will open our eyes to see those things that you have given us. Those testimonies that we have lost track of. Those experiences that we do not see as a big deal, and we have taken for granted. Take them from us and turn them around for your use, for your glory. Thank you Lord Jesus.

If you haven’t given your life to Jesus, i’m glad you’re here. Say Lord Jesus, I thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for opening my eyes. Thank you for dying for me on the cross. Thank you for calling me. I answer O Lord. I accept you as Lord and Saviour. Thank you because you are blotting out my sins already. I’m free indeed. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Many thanks everyone for joining Lifeclass. I’ll meet you again tomorrow by the Grace of God. Amen.

I thank God for this gift of life He has given us to do this everyday. Many thanks once again and welcome to LIFECLASS. Today’s lifeclass is a brand new chapter in our current series titled – Focus On What IS Working

Just while I thought we were going to end this series after 10 episodes, the holy spirit busted something new in me, believe me this could take us another week or two. I title today’s LIFECLASS – You have The Tools. Now, do remember to drop your feedback after this class

Over here in 1 Samuel chapter 17 verse 39, David refused to go to battle with the instruments that King Saul had given him, instead he dropped them and went with the primitive items he was already used to. I’m sure king Saul would have thought:

Are you kidding me, you’re going to fight a giant with apparently bare hands? Or of what relevance could your sling and shepherd staff be before a ferocious giant. You know at that time, David had not even picked any stones. So to Saul, he was going with bare hands.

David may had been a shepherd all his life. But he was smart enough to know that taking up a challenge to fight a giant does not cancel his personality as a shepherd. Choosing to fight a man for God’s sake, I mean defending the name of the Lord whom this gentile had blasphemed, does not remove from him his already known endeavour as a shepherd boy, rather, it should help. See my friends, where you’re going is not actually far from where you are right now. The very route to take next is already designed by God on a certain map you’re holding right now.

This morning, I want to advise you to stop discarding all that had been going on well for you just because you want to step up and play on a bigger field. Permit me to nudge you not to despise your little beginnings and those little, little happy moments that meant something to you. The holy spirit is designing a pattern with the trends of your life, please take a break and study that pattern. Therein lies the answer to many your questions.

You need the existing frame of mind to thrive in that new field you’re venturing into. For instance, it’s not an accident that you’ve been doing one particular thing all along even though you wanted something else. If you had been a teacher all along for instance and you suddenly got a big job in a bank or oil company, it would be a huge loss for you if you carry nothing valuable from your years of experience as a teacher, into the new job. Honestly, you would have lost a huge part of you. But if you carry your teaching ethics along, you will be defining a new role for yourself in the new place.

Believe me, that was only putting it mildly. You may never actually do well in any new endeavour if you swiftly discard the lessons learnt from a previous one. Everything you need for the next level is embedded in this level. Even if you’re planning to flee your state or country in search of a greener pasture elsewhere, please remember the son of whom you are. Never forget those virtues that brought you here. And in case you’re so engrossed with switching your career to another one you think is more lucrative, again i tell you, remember that it is the blessings of the Lord that makes rich and adds no sorrow (Prov 10:22).

As a matter of fact, hear what the Bible says in 1 Sam 2:7-9

The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich, He bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, And lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, To set them among princes, And to make them inherit the throne of glory: For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, And he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, And the wicked shall be silent in darkness; For by strength shall no man prevail.

Never lose your integrity for anything material. Avoid taking loans that will make you lose your peace, or accepting positions that will make you compromise your spiritual life.

In Daniel chapter 1 vs 8,  Daniel found himself in the palace, dining with the king, yet he determined not to defile himself with the king’s delicacies

Long ago, I quit thinking that any portion of my past was a mistake. Yes, there may have been areas where I got less than Gods will for me and there certainly are situations that the devil cheated me in the past due to my ignorance, but you see, no portion of your past was a mistake. If you get this point. Then you will see the present as an equipment for the future, so when the future arrives, no one will be able to pressure you into thinking, you’re not already equipped for it.

That was exactly David’s Case when he turned down Saul’s sophisticates weapons and opted for his own primitive, but rather familiar tools for killing the giant. David refused to allow Saul force him into thinking he stood no chance against Goliath the giant, simply because he David, had been a shepherd all his life while Goliath had been a soldier all his life. David appreciated Saul’s concern and help, but refused to accept help that will slow him down. Please don’t, and I repeat, don’t accept any help that will slow you down or recoil the confidence you have in your calling.

Not every help is necessary for you. People try to tie you to their own experiences and failures and fail to give room for your own revelations and discoveries and ingenuity. Sometimes, their help is genuine, but you don’t need people’s help more than you need God’s help. In such cases you’re not going to be rude, arrogant or ungrateful for their offer, but you’re going to be bold enough to look inside you, I mean into your spirit and see for yourself that, you have been helped, and you have been equipped with what you need for the next level. And if you think oh David, I still need to equipped myself with one skill or tool or degree, or facility, or endorsement, or whatever, just know that: God has equipped you with whatever it is you need to equip yourself. Close eyes and meditate on that. You have been helped!

David refused to take Saul’s armour and sword while preparing to confront Goliath. He tried to move with these weapons, but he could hardly move. So instead, he stuck with what he already had. Stones, sling and shepherds pouch.

Ok, let’s analyse this. We all know that swords and armour and helmet and shields are more lethal weapons of war than stones and slings. But what does it matter, he won’t be the one to fight anyway. The Philistine Goliath had defied the lord of hosts and he must pay with his life. So why put on a weaponry heavier than you that will slow down your movement just to please someone. Please LIFECLASS, you’re not living to please anyone more than you please God.

Bible says: let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. So you don’t need all of that weight. You have the tools with you

Now, here’s the point I’m making in today’s LIFECLASS. You have the tools with you and you have been helped. God is designing a pattern from the trends of your life. All you need to do is settle down, take a break and study that pattern. Therein lies the answer to many of your questions. Say Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see what you’re showing me, open my ears to hear what you are telling me, to know where you’re taking me, to see the pattern you’re designing from the trends of my life, to discern the next route you want me to go. Help me not to entangle myself with unnecessary that will weigh me down or slow me down on my journey to destiny, in Jesus name Name. Thank you Lord Jesus.

If you haven’t given your life to Jesus, this is the best time to do so. Say, Lord Jesus, I come to you today and I’m ready to receive you and accept you as my Lord and saviour. I’m ready to forsake my sins and take up the grace that you have made available for me.

So join me again tomorrow, by the grace of God on LIFECLASS. Thanks

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Yesterday, I told you to lavish the little you have to get the much you don’t deserve. We also mentioned specifically by that you should focus on lavishing yourself into worship,  kingdom giving, and service. We also learnt that when you give to people, give them what will solve their problems to a large extent and not peanuts that will keep them tied to your sleeves. Look for yesterday’s LIFECLASS and listen to it, if you missed it.

Today, it’s more interesting. As I picked the story is Zacchaeus again in Luke 19:1-10. As I’ll always do, I tried to study it over and over again and apply for myself, the points I’ve been dealing on for 2 weeks my, the Lord open my eyes to the parable Jesus gave just after the Zacchaeus.

Yesterday, we learnt that it is dangerous to hold back the little you have just because you think it’s not enough and want to focus on growing it. When we said that yesterday, little did I realize that our Lord Jesus gave the next parable to authenticate Zacchaeus’ action. Remember that Zaccheaus had summarily given 50{822bdfa3ff0cdbef1abc82e1776928c3caf9bc323dc14e6813f40a5b77a44eab} of his worth to the poor and 400{822bdfa3ff0cdbef1abc82e1776928c3caf9bc323dc14e6813f40a5b77a44eab} of whatever he obtained falsely to any one he had wronged

Let’s title today’s LIFECLASS – The Danger Of Not Having

Just 3 verses after Zacchaeus was rewarded with salvation for himself and his household, the Lord Jesus shows us the real danger of holding back. ‘The disadvantage of not having’. He told the story is a noble man who gave talents to his servants and told them to occupy till he comes. In other words, he told them to do business and trade with those talents till he comes back..

When he came back, most of his other servants submitted their reports of how they had traded with the money given to them and made encouraging profits and their master rewarded them with authority, commensurate with the amount of profits they’ve made by investing the little they were given

But there was this particular guy among them who came to the master with exactly the same amount he was given. He didn’t invest it at all, he held back. As a matter of fact, he hid the money in a handkerchief and did nothing with it, for fear of losing it. He held it back. Listen to his lame excuse in Luke 19:20-21:

Master, Here is your money, I kept it safe for you in a handkerchief. I was afraid because you’re a hard man to deal with. You collect what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.

The master was very swift at discarding his lame excuse as sheer laziness and fear. I’m afraid many of us have this same excuse, we focus too much on the negative probabilities and economic forecasts that we forget the supernatural nature of He who owns us. We’re good at designing excuses for not investing the little God has given to us to possess.

Let me take time for instance. Many  have been enslaved with the slogan ‘I don’t have time’. Before you say a word or two, they say, I don’t have time. They don’t have time for friends, they don’t have time for colleagues, they don’t have time for their wives and husband’s, neither do they have time for their children and certainly they have no time for God’s work. They have no time to pray, no time to meditate on Gods work. The only things they have time for, is their own business and their phones. They certainly have time to analyze every every political event or every football game. And just like that lazy servant, they have hidden their time in a handkerchief. They have chosen to focus on the negative forecasts of men.

When God taught me these lessons, I decided to always have time for my wife and children. If my children call me in the night, I will answer. However deeply buried I am into my coding scripts, I still say yes my people. I’ve done this for years and now, they have this strong confidence that anytime they call Daddy, he’s always there. I have chosen not to hold back my time from them

We’re not saying you can be available for everyone, but please don’t hold back yourself unnecessarily. Don’t hide yourself in a handkerchief like that servant for fear of losing anything.

Now, here’s the real danger of holding back. In verse 24 of that Luke 19, we see the real danger of holding back. That guy who made nothing from the money given to him had to lose that little to the one who made profit. The little he had was collected from him and given to the man that had made encouraging profits with his. People who hold back, eventually lose what they have to those who take the risks and let go. People who always claim they don’t have to do anytjing noble, will soon be humbled and have their time converted to serving those who invested theirs.

Here our Lord Jesus is teaching a powerful lesson, that those who have will get more and those who claim they don’t have will lose the little they have to those who have.

The reason many have suddenly become lonely as they grew older is that they didn’t have time for people when they were younger. They were too busy with their 8 – 5 employment and all their friends have built relationship circles without them. Now, alas, they’re about to retire and everyone who hangs around them are people who want to suck from them. The had held back their Lives from the people that mattered most

So let me ask you once again. Do you have time? Say yes, I have time. Only dead people don’t have time. Use your time in the most precious way. If you’re this talented and everyone wants to have a feel of you, then create channels through which you can engage them. Don’t enclose yourself in an unapproachable capsule and see people only from afar

Let me ask you, is there any gift in you that is lying dormant? Or you’re still waiting until you finish one school or until you can attend or graduate from one college before you start showcasing it, believe me, that’s the definition of holding back. Refusing to use what God has given you and having a beautiful excuse for that.

I encourage you to change this ‘I don’t have’ mentality. Think big and see far, don’t act like this servant who chose to focus on the negative possibilities of investing the money he was given for fear of not profiting. He ended up losing that little to the man who invested his. Invest your money wisely.

According to Jesus here, the condition for having more is to have some and use it wisely. Nothing more will be given to anyone who claims he has nothing and gives nothing.

Let me tell you a story. When I was an undergraduate, I found myself spending almost a third of my day, helping younger students pass tough mathematics courses for free. Even though I wasn’t studying mathematics, I had trained myself to become a specialist in theses difficult mathematics courses that made students fail. In a short time, I became a reference point on campus for mathematics. Even lecturers knew about my activities. It was herculean, but I had caught this principle of never hold back. Most of the students had nothing to give me and I had to be careful also not to let it affect my academics, but I couldn’t hold back because I just felt I was called for that.

Fast forward, more than a decade after that first degree, I found myself solving, not mathematics now, but real life problems in people’s businesses, teaching them principles that will multiply their sales in a very short time. Teaching them strategies to transform their businesses and all that. We even have testimony sessions in our business trainings and that gladdens my heart. It amazed me how a computer progtammer had become a business strategist with a business network of hundreds of business owners.

God told me I’m still doing the same thing. Whether it was mathematics in school, or programming on my laptop or transforming real businesses now in the marketplace, I was raised to solve problems, and that became possible because I didn’t hold back the little I had then

Decide today to stop hoarding yourself and your skills. Let everyone know you for something at least. God has given you everything you need to become what he has planned for you. But it’s a pity you’re holding back. You’re hiding his talents in a handkerchief. You’re not seeing far. You’re caught with the now, always trying to make ends meet. Forgetting that the earnest expectation of the creature awaits the manifestation of the sons of God. Your time is now to manifest, if only you will stop holding back yourself and the little he has blessed you with from. If only you’d give your all to him, and to his service.

Say Lord Jesus, I refuse to hoard the talent you have given me. I refuse to give excises. I release the little I have . my time, my intellect, my money. I manifest from today. I know you’re counting on me. I will not fail you.

I’m not saying you can have time for everyone, but hey pause, be careful to be available to the right sets of people, else