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Gone are those days when we thought that godliness had no earthly benefit. Those were the days when being born-again meant being the scum of the earth. Popular choruses were “Take the whole world and give me Jesus…” Believers were so heavenly conscious that they were of no earthly relevance. But those days are gone! Now we know better. We are godly and we are successful. And, our songs have changed. “Give me the whole world and give me Jesus…” seems more like what we sing nowadays. We are more easily to be charged with being earthly good but of not much eternal consequence! We have gone from one extreme end to the other.
Before you start thinking otherwise, I’m not advocating that poverty is synonymous with piety. One can be rich and righteous. Yet another can be poor and be sinful. If righteousness were equal to prosperity, then the most righteous men on earth would be the top dogs on the Forbes rich list. And thus the likes of Carlos Slim, William Henry Gates III, Folorunsho Alakija, Oprah Winfrey, Aliko Dangote etc., would be the most holy men and women on earth!
God does bless his people! You can be righteous and prosper! And you can be godly and broke too. Yeah! Remember the story Jesus told in Luke 16:19-31 about the rich man and Lazarus. That is sufficient an illustration.
An error has gone forth in the church: “If you do not have money, you must have missed God somewhere. Conversely, if you’re wealthy, then you must be in sync with God.” I say, no! You cannot worship God and mammon!
This is the whole counsel of God as revealed in 1Timothy 6:5-10:
“They think religion is a way to make a fast buck. A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough. But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.”(Message)
Aren’t we guilty of “using” God to achieve our selfish ends? Are we not fast slipping into this error of equating godliness with gain? A heart search is pertinent here, before we slip so far away from the kingdom of God than when we were infidels. This is not to knock any valid truth of God’s word no matter how much it’s been bastardized but to restore believers back to the straight and narrow. Bottom line: Gain is not godliness. However, godliness is great gain. You will still hear me on this matter. YOU WILL SUCCEED!
I read this somewhere and I hope it blesses you as it has blessed me.
“We forget how fragile life is. We wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks. We wait for Christmas to give gifts. We wait for Valentine’s Day to show love to those we hold dear. We say to ourselves, Today is just an ordinary day. So we wait, and while we wait the clock ticks. Precious moments pass by. But in reality there is no such thing as an ordinary day.” – Author unknown
Make the most of your life. Enjoy your day with the precious people, situations and circumstances God has put you up with. Do not take this moment for granted. There is no such thing as an ordinary day! Enjoy your weekend. You will succeed!
I read this on Facebook some weeks ago and it has stood with me ever since. Be blessed by it today:
“Get smart or die foolish! Don’t let worthless people rent a space in your life. Increase the rent, change the lock and kick them out!”
We should be tolerant of people but a time comes in our lives when we must draw a line in the sand. You will succeed!
Love gives. “Every man is a friend to a man that gives gifts.” (Proverbs 19:6) There is nothing that wins you friendship with someone (whether high or low) like giving. “A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.” (Proverbs 18:16)
If you love a person, you’ll give to her. You may give without loving but you can’t love without giving. The first time God loved, He gave. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…” (John 3:16) Give yourself into your relationships.
And that’s why I want to dedicate this post to my closest friend, my dear wife whose birthday is today. She is the true epitome of love that gives. So, while I dash out to try and give back a little in return, please take time and think on these few words I have shared here today. You will succeed!
Happy Birthday to you, OLUFUNMILOLA! I love you, baby!
This much I have learnt in life and about life: Men are greater assets than money. When you have men, you’ll always get the money you need. If you have men, through them you will always get money. Without men, even when you have money you may yet be stranded on the streets of destiny. “Money answereth all things” but not everything. The honor of a king will always be in the multitude of his people (Proverbs 14:28).
Some years back, I heard a mentor say, “You don’t really need fund-raising, what you need is friend-raising. Raise friends and your friends will raise the funds.” That blessed me. Simply put, if I will raise men, the men will raise the money. This has taught me to value relationships and investing in people. I value people above material things. And it has paid off. I believe it will for you too, if you’ve not already realized this. Men are greater assets than money. I believe in your destiny. YOU WILL SUCCEED!