The purpose for the acquisition of wealth must be defined. It is this definition that influences our attitude towards wealth. It should be first to honour God. It is only when we honour God with our wealth would we make it lasting wealth.
Secondly, it should be for the provision of our families’ needs and service to humanity. These will leave you a happy fulfilled man.
Unfortunately, most people don’t discover what life is all about until just before they die. Don’t wait until you are on your death bed to realise the purpose of life and your role in it.
Often, we attempt to live our lives backwards. We spend all our lives striving to get wealth hoping that would make us happy and fulfilled. Happiness and fulfilment comes when you commit yourself, talent and resources to service for God and Humanity. That is on a purpose that honours God and makes a difference in other people’s lives.
George Bernard Shaw said, “This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one, being a true force of Nature instead of a little feverish god of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and, as long as I live, It is my privilege to do for it whatever I can………..” Similarly, Al Koran wrote in “The Secrets of Wealth” that, “When you send your money out, remember always to bless it.
Ask it to bless everybody that it touches, and command it to go out and feed the hungry and cloth the naked, and command it to come back to you a million fold. Don’t pass over this lightly, I am serious.” I said it earlier that when you recognise God as the giver of your wealth through service to Him and humanity, God is committed to ensuring that your wealth lasts. He will block financial waste on your behalf. He is faithful concerning His word.
When others are talking of losses, you are talking of gains. When they are talking of low sales, you are thinking of managing your high sales. Honouring God With My Wealth. Money is the vehicle for effective evangelism (Ex 35:21-29). The expansion of the kingdom of God (evangelism) depends on our individual financial position.
Can a church organise programs, camp meetings, crusades, print tracts, build a beautiful sanctuary or sponsor missionaries on a lean purse? There is no way the work of God can progress if the individuals in the church are poor.
That is why God gave us the ability to create wealth. With this ability, you are empowered to advance God’s work, cater for your family and assist the less privileged in the society. The expansion of the work of God is directly proportional to the individual’s financial prosperity or level. Look at (Acts 28:7) Publius – a prominent and wealthy citizen received the disciples and entertained them for three days.
That is hospitality to God’s servants. Definitely, this man must have been blessed by the men of God. He also must have recognised the source of his wealth and honoured God in his own little way. Read (Rom 12:13) on how to use your wealth. Hospitality is defined as a friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests or strangers especially in our homes. Hospitality is not possible without the means to provide it.
Anyway, most times we get so carried away by our success and we assume it came by our effort only. We forget that there is a supreme being who orders the affairs of man. Do you know that there is a reward when we honour God with our wealth or when we contribute to God’s work? Read (Prov 3:9-10 and Mal 3:10).
When God blesses us financially, it is designed to service God’s work. If you ignore it, you become a victim of financial affliction because God will ignore your welfare. Read (Hag 1:2-9). We should lay up treasures for us in heaven. We shouldn’t be pushed to offer our tithes (10%) and offerings (2Cornth 9:6- 12). Your deposit determines your withdrawal and your casting determines your catching. If you cast a hook, you catch a fish. Cast a net, you catch a net breaking and boat sinking catch.
I have tested everything I have written in this article and I testify to the validity of the word of God. Finally,
Please do not neglect your health and family in your quest for wealth. If your family is in disarray and your health is being affected, you can not call yourself a truly successful person. My advice is taken from: (Pro. 23:4-5). It says, “Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle towards heaven.”
Give God your heart and you will make your mark.