Good morning Friend. I trust you had a good weekend. I have come to discover that what we really remember the most about people isn’t so much about how they look, but how they make us feel whenever we are around them. No matter how beautiful anyone is, if people feel condemned, guilty, sorry and always nervous around that person, that person would never be used of God to a great degree, especially with respect to blessing other lives. Today we will consider the topic, “Wellspring”. Often times the Bible refers to the mouth of a righteous man as a wellspring and rightly so. Nothing conditions the atmosphere around a man faster and more effectively than his words. People will leave you or hang around you based on your ability to speak wholesome words into their lives. Whoever speaks words full of criticism, cynism, and sarcasm will not have so much positive impact on those he/she meets with. People may forget how you look like or the shade of denim you wore the day you met with them, but one thing they will never forget is the way you made them feel with your words.
Col 4:6 (KJV) Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Decide to be a Multiplier and not a Divider. There are some folks who people generally do not like having around them… They do not multiply or even add… they subtract and divide. They always have a way of making people feel small or insignificant. No matter how much effort was put into anything, they are quick to figure out the not so good part of it. They make fun of people’s labour and effort just because it doesn’t fit into a class or superior taste. They are out to add a sour taste into the cocktail of everyone’s day and dilute the rich vein of colour on the canvas of people’s moods. They wear shades that are ever discoloured… No matter how bright what they see really is, it’s never bright enough from their perspective. The pharisees are a classic example of these sort of people. A man gets healed and is glorifying God, while others join in praising God for such a wonder, they are so blind to that, that all they notice is that the man was healed on a sabbath. They are clouds without water, empty vessels. They have nothing more to give people apart from their emptiness and vanity. Don’t be like them brother, don’t emulate them sister. Don’t be a divider! Be a wellspring!
Proverbs 18:4 (KJV) The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
Proverbs 25:11 (KJV) A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
There are others however, who are Multipliers. Nothing leaves their presence the same way it came, even a butterfly gets noticed and admired. They see all the wrongs but choose to magnify the good. They don’t overcome good with evil but vice versa. They are the types of people that add extra springs into people’s strides. With them around, there is always something to be grateful for. They have made a commitment to always leave people better than they met them. They don’t curse or chew. They exhort, comfort and edify. They are builders.
There are a few things we need to learn from these Multipliers. What have they committed to doing that makes then this attractive to people and most especially to God?
1. They never gossip about anyone: Gossip is usually about something shameful, immoral or evil that another person did, which is now being discussed in great detail by parties that are absolutely or remotely connected to the situation involved. They have no intention of changing the situation by talking to the person (s) involved or praying for them. They only want to feed and indulge their insecure flesh at the expense of another. They are the most disloyal of any bunch with no sense of commitment in their lives. They are always poaching around and seeking for fresh gist to further satisfy their insatiable appetite for rotten news. They don’t mean well, no matter how good their intentions may seem. If you hang around people like this… guess what? You are the person I’m talking about, because you’re not any different. Determine to not be in that category of people.
Multipliers always seek good and believe the best of omgomg onion people. If they notice something that is wrong and needs a change, they confront the parties involved with the intention to constructively criticise and correct. They are like the Word of God (JESUS), even while rebuking and correcting, He is busy furnishing the man of God. 2 Tim 3:16. There is a lot to learn from these Multipliers and we obviously haven’t gotten started. We would continue with the rest of the Do and Don’ts of Multipliers by next week. Until then, apply the lessons you have learned so far. God bless you.