See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29
Diligence in whatever we do brings SUCCESS (which is all we desire). But if you want to be successful in life, you must find an area where you can apply your gifts to solve problems or meet the needs of many people.
The greater the number of people whose needs you can meet effortlessly, the more impressive your greatness (status and financial success). See Genesis 26:13. Also, because of this key for success, Abraham became great, Jacob became very great, and Isaac became exceedingly great (Gen 13:2; 26: 12-14; 36:6-7; Matthew 27:57).
By solving people’s problems, they will, in turn, give back to you, a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over (Luke 6:38). By solving problems, you will be seen as a leader, and you will be called to stand before kings. God gave Adam and Eve the keys for success when He commanded them to diligently apply their potentials to tend, dress and keep their garden.
To tend the garden: to maintain its originality, wholeness, integrity. It also implies to not allow the garden become corrupt from the inside. Do not allow weed (cares of the world) to overcome you. Matthew 13:22 (As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful). Therefore be sober and vigilant: keep and maintain clear and sound mind; get to know as much as you can about your field; do not remain stagnant – continuously improve and sharpen your skills
To dress the garden: to make it better, improve, make profitable and productive. Proverbs 10:4 (Lazy hands bring poverty, but hard-working hands lead to wealth). Make life better for people, seek ways to improve lives, conditions, situations, and circumstances. You will account for your deeds before God: Matthew 25:31- 46; Romans 14:12 (So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God); 2 Corinthians 5:10 (For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may be recompensed for the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad.)
To keep the garden: to guard and protect the garden from external destruction. While men slept, the enemy can and sowed weeds (Matthew 13:25). Keep your heart and mind from false doctrines, teachings, information, lies, deceits, and the likes. Do not believe everything you hear, but prove it and search it; guard your heart with all due diligence; meditate on and delight in the word and law of God, buy the truth and sell it not (Proverbs 4:23, Psalms 1:2, Joshua 1:8, 1 John 4:1, Proverbs 23:23).
Diligently apply your potentials: Diligence means having or showing care and doing what is right in one’s work or duties. Proverbs 22:29 (See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men). It is important to bear in mind that the garden had many creatures in it, each requiring different skill-set in order to be properly attended to. The kind of care plants need are not the same as those needed by animals, and each plant and animal require different care and attention. So are the people we must serve and the situations we must address on daily basis. God may place you in one or more areas in life where you have to perform various roles. Here are the fundamental life performance roles in which we may be called upon to serve:
Implementers and Performers apply basic and advanced ideas, information, skills, tools, and technologies as they carry out the responsibilities associated with all life roles. They grasp the demands of a particular situation and use available resources to get things done.
Problem Finders and Solvers can anticipate, explore, analyze, and resolve problems, examining underlying causes from a variety of perspectives and developing potential solutions.
Planners and Designers develop effective methods and strategies for resolving issues and problems.
Creators and Producers seek new possibilities for understanding or doing things and they transform those possibilities into original, workable products or processes that change the operating environment.
Learners and Thinkers develop and use cognitive tools and strategies to translate new information and experiences into sound action, and they use their repertoire of knowledge and strategies to extend their capacities for successful action by assimilating, analyzing, and synthesizing new experiences.
Listeners and Communicators can grasp and express ideas, information, intention, feeling, and concern for others in ways that are clearly understood and appreciated. They accurately comprehend and use words, pictures, gestures, deeds, styles, symbols, and mannerisms to receive and convey thoughts.
Teachers and Mentors can enhance the thinking, skills, performance orientations, and motivation of others through the explanations they provide, the counsel they give, and the example they set. They share the information, time, perspectives, and skills at their disposal.
Supporters and Contributors invest time and resources to improve the quality of life of those around them.
Team Members and Partners contribute their best efforts to collaborative endeavors and who seek agreement on goals, procedures, responsibilities, and rewards, setting aside personal preferences in order to accomplish mutual aims.
Leaders and Organizers can initiate, coordinate, and facilitate the accomplishment of collective tasks by perceiving and defining intended results, determining how they might be accomplished, anticipating roadblocks, and enlisting and supporting the participation of others to achieve the results.
The success of tending, dressing and keeping your garden is dependent on your obedience to God’s laws: This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success (Joshua 1:8).
The problem Joshua had to solve was to SUCCESSFULLY take the Israelites to the PROMISED LAND. Thus, SUCCESS begins by finding problems to solve – HELPING PEOPLE GET TO THEIR PROMISED LAND. SUCCESS brings INFLUENCE, and success in one area of life allows you to gain influence in other areas. Success in one performance role can transfer into other roles.
God doesn’t want us to just have success, He wants us to have GOOD SUCCESS through OBEDIENCE to the LAWS of GOOD SUCCESS (Joshua 1:8). That is why people who aspire to be successful often fail. Rather than trying to be successful, focus on finding ways to successfully solve people’s problems in RIGHTEOUS and GODLY ways.
May God give you divine WISDOM to have GOOD SUCCESS and STAND BEFORE KINGS, in JESUS NAME. AMEN!