Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it…
The first instruction that God gave man was to be “fruitful and multiply in Genesis 1:28. The implication is that we were made for increase. To create increase and multiplication we must be productive or fruitful wherever we have been planted. Being productive is important because the higher the level of our productivity, the greater will be the magnitude of our rewards. There are several places where this was revealed throughout the Bible. One such is in Matthew 25:28 in the parable of the talent. Take note that the master took the one talent from the servant who was unproductive and gave it to the servant who was most productive. It was the servant who gained five talents on the five that he was given who was rewarded with one more. What this shows us is that we can increase our rewards or compensation by being more productive.
Being more productive is more than the number of productive hours worked, that is just one element. It also involves increasing the quality of the problem we solve for others. Note that not every job or problem attracts the same salary or reward; those who are deemed to require greater skill, attract greater reward.
After Daniel stated the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had and gave the interpretation, he was given many gifts and made ruler over all the province of Babylon and chief of all the governors and wise men. The promotion that Daniel got was not because he worked longer hours, but rather because the quality of the problem that he solved was greater than he had previously done. It was no different for David when he overcame Goliath. He solved a giant problem, and he received great riches and got the daughter of the King as his wife. Become more productive by looking at ways to raise the size and quality of the problem that you solve.
Even if your current situation is less than ideal, you can still be more productive. In Exodus 3, the Bible tells us that the more the Egyptians oppressed the Israelites, the more they multiplied. Regardless of the circumstances that you are faced with, choose to be more productive.
Life Application: Become more productive by looking at ways in which you can use your time to solve bigger problems for those you serve. One approach to this is to identify the greatest needs of the people you serve and meet those needs.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for outlining in your word what productivity means. May I like the one with the 5 talents, seek to increase and make room for more. In Jesus’ name, amen.