Enemies of Productivity


1 Chronicles 28:20 “And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”

Being productive in the Christian life is never going to be easy. To think that you can do something for God without having opposition is foolish thinking. People who are productive for the LORD are people who don't show the opposition, but give those who follow them the feeling that everything is going easy as they struggle within trying to get through the time of opposition.

David was at the end of his life, and he knew that Solomon did not understand the pressures of the battles that he was about to face. David was a great leader who didn't expose his fears to those following him, but he exposed them to God as we read in the book of Psalms. Therefore, David gave Solomon final instructions as to what he was to do when opposition came. Solomon’s charge was to build the temple. Solomon’s productivity while building the temple would produce much opposition. In the verse above, David revealed the enemies of productivity that every productive person will have to face. Let me point out these enemies to you.

First, lack of initiative is the enemy of productivity. David said, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it:…” The three words, “and do it” show that you must have initiative if you are going to be productive. There are going to be days when you don't feel like doing right, but you must get up and do what you are supposed to do despite your feelings. You will never be productive in life until you learn to do what you are supposed to do despite not feeling like doing it.

Second, weakness is the enemy of productivity. David told Solomon to “be strong.” You can't be weak and be productive. You must be determined to continue going forward when things try to stop you. Productive believers are believers who continue to do right when every other person around them stops doing right. You have to be strong to continue in the old paths when the narrative of the day says the old paths are out of date.

Third, a lack of confidence is the enemy of productivity. David also told Solomon to be “of good courage.” You can't lack confidence and be productive. Part of the battle of getting people to follow you is to exude confidence that you know what you are doing. People won't follow someone who doesn't know what they are doing. You may not know what to do, but you must be confident that what you are doing is the right thing even when you don't know what to do.

Fourth, fear is the enemy of productivity. If you fold in the face of threats or opposition, you will never be productive. There is always a reason to have fear, but faith that the old paths are the right thing to do is what causes you to continue despite the voices of fear. If you are going to be productive for God, you are always going to have to listen to the voice of faith over the voices of fear.

Fifth, unsteadiness at the unexpected is the enemy of productivity. You may be shaking within, but you must be steady without when leading people to be productive. Never let people see your dismay at the unexpected. You are going to have to find a way to be steady and not quit at the first sign of the unexpected if you are going to be productive.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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