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A Life Poured Out

Oshiorenoya Agabi, Human Intelligence

American psychologist, William James, in the 1890s asserted in his research paper—Energies of Men that just 10% of our brain is what we make use of during our lifetime. Although modern scientists have invalidated his assertion, nevertheless his research work is somehow plausible. Imagine what would materialized if man can fully activate 30% or 50% of his intellect? The causal outcome to this would be unimaginable. With the 10% use of the brain by man, look at the giant discoveries, technological inventions initiated. Man has extreme power to initiate or create just like God, but he does not realize it until it is discovered. Man has unlimited room to display intelligence—the never-seen-kind-of-intelligence that would wow the whole world.   

Just of recent, 28th August, 2017, it was reported by the BBC that a Nigerian, Oshiorenoya Agabi—a Silicon Valley-based inventor, developed a computer that can recognize the smell of explosives and aid in bomb detection.  The device could also be used to detect illness by sensing markers of a disease in the air molecules that a patient gives off. Just by breathing into the device, your illness can be diagnosed. According to experts making such systems mass-market was challenging. And that is why the devil will never be happy with God for giving man so much power. And that is why the devil will not let man rest for having such an intimidating intelligence almost like God. In case you don’t know, you are a god. So what do you do with your brain?

I digress. One of my favourite gospel ministers, William McDowell, once said, as Christians, as music ministers if we cannot make the desired or the needed impact on the life of the people, then we should stop coming. He stated this during a musical concert where he declared his resolve to change the world for good. He is not going to do that all alone. In his ministration he said, “We can change the world.” Conversely, if we cannot, then what is the goal of gathering people together, yet failing to make the desired impact on their lives?

In essence, there is only one life to live. There is no other opportunity that exists to relive this physical life again. A life poured out points to one thing: when you completely empty yourself for the benefit of others; when you fully exert your potentials or talents in the land of the living before passing on to the next stage of life. What would your generation say about you, or what would posterity remember you for? Do you want to lead a life full of fun or soreness, or a life full of passion or displeasure, or a life full of impact or contrariwise? We are occupying this earth space temporarily, what counts or matter is our legacy! What legacy are you leaving behind?

The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 is a vivid example why as human beings we must exert to the fullest our talents. If you were given two, three, four, five and more, your responsibility is to get those talents multiplied. In this parable, the master was not happy with the servant who failed to use his talent, but the other two received commendation for a good job done. Likewise, God is expecting us to use our talents judiciously to our own benefit and to the benefits of others.  

Finally, Paul in Philippians 2:17 (NIV) says, “But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.” Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT) concludes that, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another…”  Whatever we find ourselves doing or wherever we may find ourselves, let us lead a life full of impact; a poured out life in service to humanity. As for me, I’ve resolved to lead a life poured out. What about you?


Paitor Odun is an advocate of good news and a praise and worship leader.
As a kid, he was an active member of a children group involved in the spread of the gospel. He attempts to bring back that zeal through this platform. Feedback—[email protected]

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