Keys to personal development

Hebrew 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Sacrifice and discipline

A weight is not a sin but it carries the same impact and consequences as sin. It stops your development. Sin is the transgression of the law, either human or divine. ‘Sin’ is comes from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning to miss the mark. For any form of progression in personal development you will have to give up something to go up. You have to deny yourself of some temporary pleasure to secure a permanent place in the hall of fame of achievers. You need to be absolutely sold out to your development or you will lose your birthright to carelessness.

Supervision and accountability

Anyone that is not accountable is not worthy to be emulated. We live in a world where some people think they are above the law. Friend, everyone that breaks divine laws will end up being broke and broken. Accountability is a function of integrity. A man that hates supervision hates greatness. Jesus was submissive to the ministry of John the Baptist and the result was that His ministry gained ascendancy and the heavens opened to Him.

Consistency and seeing things through

Luke 9:62 –Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

The last words of Jesus were ‘it is finished’. God our Father is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. The attitude of continuity and consistency is essential for you to be constantly relevant. You cannot be all over the place; you ought to be focused and dependable. I pray for you for grace to see things through and not jump from place to place wasting your energy.

Speaking to yourself and taking out time for personal appraisal

There is no examination like self-examination. Take out time from time to time to measure your progress and learn from your mistakes. Take an inventory of your life goals and measure your achievement. Research on how you can do things better and find smarter ways of making a durable impact. Use your setback as a springboard for a comeback. Build a habit of thinking things through.

Be sensitive to change

Isaiah 43:18-19 – 18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

The only constant thing in life is change so be ready to embrace positive change. Be willing to acclimatise to the new position in which you find yourself. You may need to learn a new language, take up a new training, pay more attention to details etc. Try as much as possible to always look out for change and be willing to change. Develop good foresight and good taste for credible forecast. You will succeed in Jesus’ mighty name.


Further reading

Luke 15:11-21, 2Timothy 2:1-6, Philippians 3:13


Personal declaration for the day

I receive wisdom to respond swiftly to necessary and positive changes in Jesus’ name. I will not be rigid when I ought to be flexible and make changes. Amen


Questions for you to reflect on

How much do you value change?

Are you currently undergoing any form of change? What type of change is it?