“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…” II Timothy 3: 2 NKJV.

Paul, an Apostle, by revelation and insight gave a description of what shall characterized the end time. The events as predicted are becoming the reality of the day. The prophecy is fast being fulfilled by each passing day. The entire society beginning from the individuals to the family units, the community and national life are all under siege. Paramount among the evils plaguing all areas of human endeavours of our day is the lust for money with its hold on both men and women, young and old.

Mammon, the god of money is highly exalted and enthroned in the heart of many. It is one irresistible force and motivation behind every major move and action in all spheres of life. A vast majority had been captured and captivated by the deceitfulness of riches. Most efforts of people in business, political and even religious circles are money-driven. The few in the society who are yet to be victims of this modern day tyranny of life are engaged in an on going internal battle against its seduction, passion, intimidation and harassment. The spate of decadence, corruption, violence, killings, rituals and human sacrifice as are presently experienced in our society are offsprings of this deadly desire for money and all its deeds. The whole land is filled with its message, well embraced even by youth and teenagers.


It does not show on the face. Neither does it quickly put food on your table, clothes in your wardrobe or money in your pocket. It does not earn you a quick recognition nor does it win you a quick approval. An excellent spirit, like the “righteousness” that produces it, does not pay quickly, but eventually, it surely does pay! And when it does finally pay, it more than makes up for its seeming sluggishness! Permit me to introduce you to and advertise to you, the nature and manner of life that translates into being a man or woman of an excellent spirit.

For one, an excellent spirit takes time to develop. It takes time to build up and grow. It takes effort, real painstaking determined effort, to build an excellent spirit especially when nothing around encourages you on. All around you, men cut corners and take shortcuts to achieve success. Several colleagues, exerting far less effort, return home quick and jubilant with overnight breakthroughs making the diligent conscientious hardworking labourer, seeking to pass thorough the excellent but narrow path, seem like a mere over-righteous tie waster. That is why most men, including God’s children, find it difficult to wait and build the excellent spirit in their life and character to full blown maturity! Those that will develop an excellent spirit must be willing to give it time. They must be willing to be patient while it forms and grows.                                                                                        

The Excellent spirit is grown in obscurity.