Every worker looks forward to and appreciates promotion by the employer. Promotion is a reward, indicating that the worker has demonstrated greater responsibility, productivity and value to the employer. It is an incentive for workers to perform better.
In a work environment where there is no provision for promotion, resulting in improved salary, higher titles and added responsibilities, or even bigger offices, the workers are not motivated and the morale is low. This results in poor performance of the organisation. This is why the private sector is more productive than the public sector, where promotion is determined more by the length of service.
Personally, I was never promoted in all the places I worked because I did not stay long in any employment. In fact, in my 15 years of employment, I worked in eight organisations. Therefore, I worked on the average of less than two years for each organisation.
The only place I enjoyed promotion was in FGBMFI, where we voluntarily serve God in the marketplace. As an elected chapter president, I was very delighted the day I received my letter of promotion to the position of a field representative, with added responsibilities. A few years later, I received another letter, promoting me to the rank of national director, with even greater responsibilities. Promotion motivates one to perform better.
It was when I joined the FGBMFI in 1989 and started reading the spirit and not the letter of the Bible that I understood the spiritual implications of promotion. According to Psalm 75:6-7, “For promotion cometh neither from the west, nor from the east, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another”.
This implies that your promotion comes from God, using your manager or employer as an instrument. It is, therefore, a great mistake to think that your promotion has comes from any human being. No man can promote any person. It is God who does.
Promotion goes with greater responsibilities. God promotes you to serve Him better. Whatever service you are rendering to people, bear in mind that you are serving God. And your reward or promotion comes from Him. Colossians 3:23-24 says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
Some people ignorantly think that they are working for people and therefore do not do their work wholeheartedly and faithfully. Some believe that they can cheat or steal from their employers, not knowing that they are actually dealing with God, who placed them for a purpose.
I believe that being the publisher of Pharmanews today is a divine promotion for my meritorious services as the editor-in-chief of the PSN journal, from 1974 to 1978. I was so committed to the journal that I made permission to carry on with it a condition for accepting a job appointment in 1976.
Some people continue to struggle in their businesses because of their dishonest activities when they were in employment. Luke 16:12 (NKJV) says, “And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?”
God promotes people to fulfil His own purpose. He promotes people so they can use their promotion to serve and bless others. They use their promotion to help other people fulfil their destiny and become who God wants them to be. You are blessed to be a blessing to others.
In 1 Samuel 16, Samuel was asked to go and anoint one of the 12 sons of Jesse in Bethlehem. Samuel had a high expectation of the one to be the future king of Israel and did not hesitate to pick Eliab, after looking at his physical appearance. But the Lord stopped him from anointing Eliab because He had not chosen him. The Lord said unto Samuel in verse 7, “Look not on his countenance or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
For God to promote you, He examines your heart, to know how you will manage the promotion. God will never promote you if you cannot subject your will to His own, to do what pleases Him. He will not promote or bless you if you are not to be a blessing to others.