Why some people have more in life and others don’t (Part 1/3)

Have you been wondering why life seems so unfair?

When you look around, you will see that the rich becomes all the richer; those who have businesses tend to have more businesses; people with education gets to have more education; and the list goes on.

Let me begin with what Jesus told his followers as he explained to them the meaning of the Parable of the Sower and Soils.

For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
Mark 4:25 KJV

What did Jesus exactly mean about people who already have shall have even more?

Bishop Dag Heward-Mills identified in his book He that hath the distinguishing traits of he that hath as seen from 2 Peter 1:5-8.

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8 NASB

From the book He that hath, the traits of he that hath in contrast to he that hath not are as follows:

HE THAT HATH

  • Diligence
  • Faith
  • Virtue
  • Knowledge
  • Temperance
  • Patience
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly love
  • Charity

HE THAT HATH NOT

  • Lying and Deception
  • Greed
  • Evil speaking
  • Idleness
  • Selfishness
  • Envy

Which group of traits are you seeing yourself in?

Let’s dig deeper into each each of them.

He that hath not

The following negative traits are the reason why some people do not achieve more in life.

1. Lying and deception.

From the book He that hath:

Deception is the art of misleading people by false statements or false appearances.

What kind of people engage in lies and deceit? They are the ones who are filled with evil in their hearts.

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.
Proverbs 12:20 NASB

Have you ever met a person who constantly plots evil in his heart?

If you have gotten ahead in life through lying an deception, do not be deceived with what you are enjoying now. Why? Everything borne out of it do not last forever.

Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
Proverbs 12:19 NASB

Getting away with the consequences of lying and deception now does not mean you’ll always be getting out of them in the days to come. Lying will eventually catch up with you.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
and a liar will be destroyed.
Proverbs 19:9 NLT

2. Greed.

From the book He that hath:

Greed is the excessive desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves.

Greedy people are never contented with what they have at the moment. Some are even willing to steal or kill just to get what they want.

The Man and his Goose*

A CERTAIN man had a goose, which laid him a golden egg every day. But, not contented with this, which rather increased than abated his avarice, he was resolved to kill the goose, and cut up her belly, that so he might come to the inexhaustible treasure, which he fancied she had within her. He did so; and, to his great sorrow and disappointment, found nothing.

*Source: https://fablesofaesop.com/the-goose-with-the-golden-eggs.html

In the end, greed beats itself. If you give into greed, you will end up having nothing.

3. Evil speaking.

From the book He that hath:

Evil speaking is all sorts of speech that are sinful.

What is filling your heart today? Are you doing things that are wrong and that dishonor God? Whatever fills your heart will eventually find a way into your words.

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Luke 6:45 ESV

You must be mindful with your speech be it publicly, privately, or through your online presence. A hate speech is also a form of evil speaking.

How about being with a person who can’t just say any good thing about life? Do you want to be around them? Are you a person who gets to speak evil things most of the time? If yes, you must be wary with every word you say for with your words come life and death.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Proverbs 8:21 ESV

4. Idleness.

From the book He that hath:

Idleness is a state of not working, not being active, not being employed, and doing nothing.

Have you ever experienced wasting a day or two? For some people, they get to waste their whole life by not producing anything of value. They believe that when they do not work, they get to enjoy their lives better.

The Two Scythes*

It so happened that a couple of mower’s Scythes were placed together in the same barn: one of them was without its proper handle, and therefore remained useless and rusty; the other was complete, bright, and in good order, and was frequently made use of in the hands of the mowers. “My good neighbour,” said the rusty one, “I much pity you, who labour so much for the good of others, and withal so constantly are fretted with that odious whetstone, that scours you till you strike fire, whilst I repose in perfect ease and quiet.” “Give me leave,” replied the bright one, “to explain to you, neighbour, the difference of our conditions. I must own that I labour, but then I am well rewarded by the consideration that it is for the benefit of multitudes, and this gives me all my importance; it is true, also, that I am renovated by a harsh whetstone, but this still increases my capability to become useful in a more powerful degree, whilst you remain the insignificant and helpless victim of your pride and idleness, and in the end fall a prey to a devouring rust, useless, unpitied, and unknown.”

Application
Idleness in every station in life is attended by a portion of misery. By it the health is impaired, the intellects benumbed, all importance or value in society is forfeited, and as we contribute nothing towards the profit or pleasure of mankind, we become little better than outcasts or burdens on the earth. In the rich, idleness produces a mental misery, and they become the prey of melancholy: and in the inferior orders, its fruits are poverty, vice, and disease. And if the industrious do meet with rubs in the world, still like the whet-stone to the Scythe, it sharpens their wits, and prepares them by an acquisition of knowledge and experience to overcome difficulties with more facility.

*Source: https://fablesofaesop.com/two-scythes.html

Do not be deceived that life is better when you do not work at all. Nothing good comes out of being idle. If you get to think of idle appliances around your house, you know that such appliances are not contributing anything of value but are still consuming energy. It’s the same feeling you get when you are around lazy people. They do not contribute anything and at the same time, they drain the energy out of you. What a burden they could be!

5. Selfishness.

From the book He that hath:

Selfishness is the art of thinking about yourself.

When a person only thinks about himself, everything around him amounts to nothing. Selfish people only think of their gain. In this regard, their selfishness makes them do all sorts of evil.

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder [unrest, rebellion] and every evil thing and morally degrading practice.
James 3:16 AMP

Come to think of it: unrest, rebellion, morally degrading practices, and every evil thing possible are borne out of selfishness. Also, every negative trait you can think of, including the ones in this list, can be traced back to selfishness.

6. Envy.

From the book He that hath:

Envy is a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success and possessions.

When you begin to compare yourself with others, you may begin to harbor envy in your heart.

The Vain Jackdaw and His Borrowed Feathers*

A Jackdaw chanced to fly over the garden of the King’s palace. There he saw with much wonder and envy a flock of royal Peacocks in all the glory of their splendid plumage.

Now the black Jackdaw was not a very handsome bird, nor very refined in manner. Yet he imagined that all he needed to make himself fit for the society of the Peacocks was a dress like theirs. So he picked up some castoff feathers of the Peacocks and stuck them among his own black plumes.

Dressed in his borrowed finery he strutted loftily among the birds of his own kind. Then he flew down into the garden among the Peacocks. But they soon saw who he was. Angry at the cheat, they flew at him, plucking away the borrowed feathers and also some of his own.

The poor Jackdaw returned sadly to his former companions. There another unpleasant surprise awaited him. They had not forgotten his superior airs toward them, and, to punish him, they drove him away with a rain of pecks and jeers.

*Source: https://fablesofaesop.com/a-jackdaw-and-peacock-feathers.html

If you don’t know how to see yourself as you are right now, you will never see the potential in you. You will always wish to become someone else instead of becoming the person you ought to be. Some people even stoop low to drag people down just so they can be at the pedestal. Envious people are so consumed with envy that they even lose themselves in the process. Have you allowed envy drive you to do things you ought not do?


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