This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Nothing dwarfs a man more than the smallness of his own mind. Nothing incapacitates a man like the lack of vision. God speaking to Abraham in Gen 13:15 said to him “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.”. Greatness happens when a people grow their capacity intentionally. Every day, opportunities stroll by unnoticed while people remain perpetually in penury. Why?
It is important to note that lasting success can never happen without an increase in capacity. Let’s call to mind the story of the Shunemite woman for a moment. Elisha had instructed go get all the vessels you can. Borrow, buy, anyhow you can increase your capacity. Why did Elisha do this? He knew that if that woman does not increase her capacity she would limit the God of increase. She knew she had vessels too little to contain God’s increase.
While it is God who enlarges and lifts a man, it is the duty of man to acquire the capacity to contain the blessings that God brings. The reason many have not received that enlargement is entirely because there is absolutely no room to take more. Jesus speaking to the disciples in John 16: 12 says “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now”. Can you imagine that? Jesus had a lot of revelation to give the Apostles but they lacked the capacity to bear them.
So how do you enlarge your capacity?
Paul admonishing Timothy in the book of 2 Tim 2:15 says study “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. No one can get any approval who does not first increase the level of his knowledge of God. Joshua 1:8 says “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” If you will not read and meditate on the word of God your capacity can NEVER increase and there will not be growth nor success. The Bible talks about those “that know their God being strong and doing exploits”. “Those that know”. Without knowledge you can’t grow. You can’t do exploits.
Secondly, who are the people that influence you?
An English adage says if you stay around long enough in the barber’s shop you will get a hair cut. A Yoruba adage says if a sheep stays around a company of dogs long enough it would eat shit. The Bible says “Be not deceived bad communication corrupts good manners”. Please understand dear reader that glory is very easily corrupted by staying around with lay-abouts. Your capacity can never increase if your circle of friends is “Low-life-dwellers”. Imagine, on the day that Elisha asked the Shunemite woman to go borrow vessels; if all her friends were poor people who cannot even afford a vessel. She would have missed the opportunity of her major breakthrough in life.
Today, I challenge you to be deliberate about the kinds of people that you let into your space. Screen out those who are adding no value to you and deliberately befriend people whose lives inspire you.
Lastly, pursue your goals.
If you will prosper and succeed in life, hardwork will have to be your middle name. No anointing can replace the need to work hard. Jesus was the most anointed of all men that ever lived yet he prayed so hard until his sweat was thick as blood. During his earthly ministry, he was moving from one place to another doing good and touching lives. In fact, he worked round the clock. If you will see any growth it will require that you work. Not moderate work but hard work and trust God to prosper your efforts with good success.