Good morning Friend. I trust you had a great weekend. Congratulations to the Chelsea fans out there, you guys sure had a special weekend. Last week we began a short series titled “wellspring” and we shall be concluding on it today. We began by understanding how powerful our words can be , especially with respect to the relationships in our lives. Our words create the atmosphere around us, without wholesome words, there can’t be wholesome friendships and meaningful relationships. We rounded off by highlighting one thing a Multiplier (One whose words builds up and edifies) will never do. If you haven’t read that installment, please do well to track back and read it. Today, we will be examining the 3 things Multipliers do…
1. They Give the Advantage: When you find one who is always seeking opportunities to exploit and take advantage of people, you just found a divider and not a Multiplier. A Multiplier will always seek for how to give an advantage to his neighbour, friends, family or colleagues. When he hears about an opportunity, he doesn’t keep it to himself alone, he shares the opportunity with others. He is quick to be the complement of another person’s weakness and not the exposer. The Bible teaches that we must not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in the path of the blind. Lev 19:14. What this means is that we must never take advantage of people’s weaknesses, we must learn to give the Advantage. Someone needs help? render it. Someone needs support? give it! Be that someone everyone knows to always give the Advantage. General Naaman’s wife’s maid must have heard about the advantages Elisha gave to the people who sought him for help, that was why she was confident enough to recommend his services to his boss’s husband. Be notorious for being a helper and be on your way to the Multipliers’ circle.
2. They Concede Credit to Others: There’s a problem with someone who always likes the light of attention be on him EVERY TIME. A divider will do everything in his power to be the one to be praised every time. He never concedes credit to anyone. When he deserves the credit, he demands it, even when he doesn’t deserve it, he still craves it. He is insecure and has put more value on the praise of men rather than on the commendation of God. Praise means a lot to him and he can’t seem to have enough of it. He praises himself at any slight opportunity, he tells the world how awesome he is and in the process removes the awe thereof. Proverbs 27:2. A Multiplier on the other hand always concedes credit to others, he is quick to praise the team effort above his individual effort. He sure deserves the credit, but chooses to give it all away. He doesn’t place much of his security on the praises of men but on the commendation of God. He is a mature man who can bring the best out of any one or any team he leads. 2 Corinthians 10:18.
3. They Make Themselves Increasingly Unnecessary: Now you may not understand this at the first read, but here is the point I want to pass across. A divider cannot afford to be uninvolved in everything. He wants to be in the know of everything, he doesn’t decentralise power… he doesn’t develop anyone to do what he can do and even more. He creates structures that make him so indispensable to the running of whatever it is that he leads to the extent that in his absence, almost nothing can happen. He doesn’t empower the people under him to take initiative. Everyone must take a go ahead from him and so whatever he doesn’t think can work is prematurely aborted even if it may be an excellent innovation. A Multiplier on the other hand always seeks to make himself increasingly unnecessary in the system he created. He creates systems around people and a working culture and not around himself. He makes a principle and is also governed by it.
I remember when God told Moses to call out 70 folks so He could transfer some of his spirit on them so they can bear his burdens of leadership with him. All of them came out to the court save 2 phonies who stayed back. A very zealous follower of Moses found the 2 folks back in the tent prophesying and out of jealousy for Moses ran to Moses to report the situation, Joshua also asked that Moses rebuke them, insinuating that only Moses had the right to have such a spiritual stature. Moses’ response is quite unusual and phenomenal…
Numbers 11:30 (ISV) Are you jealous on account of me?” Moses asked in reply. “I wish all of the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!”
Now that’s a secure person who always seeks to make himself increasingly unnecessary so as to empower others to be better leaders than he is. This type of a man will never stop being promoted by God and expanding God’s Kingdom. He is a Multiplier who will have increased influence among men and will never cease increasing in greatness. So brother and sister, ask yourself… have I been a Multiplier or a Divider? I also am examining myself and I have made some decisions to alter a few things about myself. Be a Multiplier and get admitted into the circle of Greatness. Have a great week ahead. God bless you.