ESSENCE – WHY GOD WANTS YOU TO HAVE MONEY

ESSENCE – WHY GOD WANTS YOU TO HAVE MONEY

“When the purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.” Myles Munroe:

The tendencies to misuse anything is very high if you don’t know why it was made. That is why you will find a warning on drugs that says ‘keep out of reach of children”. Because they do not understand what it is and why it’s made, so they may mistake it for food and eat it. For the same reason, the manual is an integral part of any new product you bought; it tells us why the product is made, what it should be used for, and how it should be used.

If you are a child, as far as money and riches are a concern, God, out of love for you, will keep it out of your reach. That’s because if you only know how to spend money, and not why you have the money in the first place, you are in a dangerous disposition. It accounts for why several Christians have made money the Lord. They fail to understand that money is designed to facilitate your worship of the Lord, not to be your Lord.

We always ask God for money, but only a few will seek his face to understand the purpose of money. That’s why this topic is very crucial; it helps us to understand not only how to spend the resources that God has given to us to also know why God decides to give us that money in the first place.

The Life

Now, to understand why God gives you money as a Christian, you need to first understand why God even gave the life at all. This is because money isn’t the only thing God gives you; it is just a fragment of the life he has decided to give.

First, when you hear the word life, what comes to your mind? Anyone?
In summary, life can be broken into four major components – Time, Energy (strength), Resource, and Network (People). In other words, how you use your time, what you do with your energy, how you spend the resources at your disposal, and what you do with the people that God brings your way defines your life.

Therefore, to understand why God will entrust financial resources into your hands, you need to understand why He will ever give the other component of life.

The two forms of Objective

If you have ever done any academic research, you will understand that they are two kinds of objects in research – the broad and the specific objective. The broad objective talks about the project’s overall goal, what you intend to achieve or contribute to the body of knowledge at a particular time, while the specific objectives are the individual steps you will take to reach the overall goal.

God has both broad and specific objectives for humanity. He had something in mind before He said, ‘come, let’s make man in our own image”, there’s a reason he didn’t give up on man even after he fell in the garden of Israel, and that is his broad objectives.

His specific objectives talk about how he intends to achieve the ultimate goal, and guess what? He has made you the custodian of the specific objective. He’s counting on you to achieve these objectives for you.

It is expedient to note that God’s specific objectives change from generation to generation and differs from one person to another. But at the end of the day, they all work together for good and achieve the broad objectives.

It will interest you to note that, the day you gave your life to Christ, you were adopted by new birth into his Kingdom, and God is counting on you to achieve his broad of objective. So, every kingdom citizen has a specific objective assigned by God.

Made for His Pleasure

Going through the scripture, we can understand what God’s broad objective for creating the world is. Unfortunately, we cannot tell you what your own specific objective is. You have to find out by yourself, and you can do it through intimacy with him.

In order words, as long as you have no relationship with God, you cannot truly understand the essence of the money you have, so this message tonight is not even useful to you.

Haven said that what is God’s broad objective? We can find the summary in Revelation 4:11; I Love the old King James version.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created.

Yea, there it is. God created everything, including you, and decided to give you the power to make wealth, just for one purpose and for the broad objective of giving him pleasure. Just like a man who plants and tends to a Garden, he does it, not for the garden’s sake, but for his pleasure. So that He can behold it, admire it, enjoy its sumptuous, juicy, and succulent fruits, as well as enjoy the views. All these he does for himself and not necessarily for the garden. Shey, you get it!

In summary, why God wants you to be rich is that he should be able to derive pleasure from you. Come to think of it, which rich parents will love their children to suffer. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills; the scripture says the earth is of the Lord and the fullness thereof.

Why wouldn’t he want you to represent him as a true son in true riches? But when you give you the power to make wealth, remember that it is for his pleasure first of all and not mercenarily for your comfort first.

This understanding will lead you to go back to him and ask him to guide you on spending the money, where to invest it and what to use it for. Because you just know that it is for his pleasure.

Have you discovered the specific objective for your finance? Could you share with us how?

FOXES AGAINST YOUR FINANCIAL VINE

FOXES AGAINST YOUR FINANCIAL VINE

Happy New Year! Yes, I’m aware this is the fourth month of the year. Seeing that this is my first time in this space this year, I don’t want to miss the opportunity to wish you a Glorious 2021.

It’s 2021, and we have our journals or Notebook filled with goals, amongst which are our financial goals. Even if you didn’t write any financial goals down, I know you made a resolution to make more money this year or develop financial intelligence. Well, I did resolve and wrote it down to develop financial intelligence this year and make more money. I Almost theme this year ‘2021: Money!

I might not know all your financial goals and resolutions this year, but I have been able to spot some Foxes that intend to spoil the beautiful financial vine you want to build. So, please take your seat with a glass of Mango juice, and let’s spot these Foxes one by one.

1. A Negative Mindset towards Money. According to Sam Adeyemi, First within, next Without. Prosperity and poverty are flung out of the heart the same way. So, you have to be deliberate about watching the state of your heart.

2. Living from paycheck to paycheck. Get a Budget! You might have heard this a couple of times; this can never be overemphasized. Don’t be the person that believes everything goes as far as you have the money. One way to spending without guilt is setting up a system that allows you to know what you can afford when you can afford it.

3. Financial Abuses: Financial Abuse is defined as unauthorized use and control of a person’s money, property, or other valuables. Please note that you’re not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm. Set guidelines for yourself for what kind of requests you’re eligible for your financial assistance.

4. Eating everything: Invest! Your financial goals and resolutions will not become a reality if you keep spending all the money that comes your way. My Friend split her income in three ways; 75% for expenses, 20% for Long term investment, and 5% for short-term investment. It looks small, but with time/consistency, she has built assets for herself.

5. Quick Money Schemes. I know you want to invest and get returns but take a chill pill, breath in, then out afterward, ask questions, do your research before investing

6. Relying on just one source of income: If you want some of your goals to become a reality, you must move from your comfort zone and add another source of income.

7. Financial Ignorance: Go for Financial Education!

Are there other Foxes you think have the tendencies to spoil our Financial vine this year? Let’s talk about them in the Comment Section. We are on this financial journey together, and we will strive till we hit the mark.

You know I’m cheering for you, right?

ENTREPRENEUR Versus HUSTLER?

ENTREPRENEUR Versus HUSTLER?

Yes, you read the title right! There’s a difference between an entrepreneur and a hustler, just like a wholesaler and retailer are different people. Follow me, let me tell you a story.

I was privileged to work with two bosses (at different times, though). I will tag my first boss, “Mr. Entrepreneur,” and my second boss, “Mr. Hustler.” They manage an IT training institute. Working with them, I had different experiences and feelings, and I would relate them to you.

Mr. Entrepreneur’s office is a small place yet beautifully furnished, has a receptionist desk, classrooms with systems neatly arranged with a board, and a standing fan.

Mr. Hustler’s office is also small with no particular arrangements, few systems (mostly faulty), Photocopier, or scanner (according to customers’ needs). The office is arranged according to the task for the day.

Mr. Entrepreneur employs qualified or trained people and offers staff training monthly. All staff members have their responsibilities duly stated. He believes in giving value to his students.

Mr. Hustler employs few high school students/graduates with little training; they also run his other petty businesses. He gives them materials to use and copy on the board for students. He will say, “you don’t go too far with them( their students). Just the basic is enough for them. Moreover, they wouldn’t know”.

At the end of the training, Mr. Entrepreneur awards the student with certifications immediately (as it’s included in their fee). Mr. Hustler, however, collects money for certificates and never shows up the certificate, just stories. Employees have to make up a story each time a graduate shows up.

Mr. Entrepreneur specializes in just IT training and gives the best. Mr. Hustler shifts to any area in IT that pays. You may not be surprised if he becomes a technician tomorrow. Mr hustler makes the photocopy, does the typing and printing services, stationery sales, laptop, and phone repairs, phone and laptop accessory sales, scratch card sales, IT training, and management training. Not like we have all these available in the office, we just switch from one to another when there’s a need.

Mr. Entrepreneur has sound financial management skills; all transactions are duly recorded with receipts and, on a few occasions, had issues with his staff salaries. On the other hand, Mr. Hustler would pocket each payment immediately without any form of record, use the business income as he wants, and leave staff salaries unpaid. Well, they leave after a while, and new staff members take their place.

Mr. Entrepreneur’s business has expanded as they have more students because of the needs they meet and the excellent services they give. Mr. Hustler is still hustling, his business is stagnant, but he has built a house and owned a car.

Working with Mr. Entrepreneur was impactful as I got my skills sharpened and got new skills. Working with Mr. Hustler was draining as he never gives room for excellence, just anything that brings money.

One of the significant differences between an entrepreneur and a hustler is their goals; an entrepreneur works with a long term goal of building and sustaining a long term business and opportunities while a hustler works with a short term goal, which is to make quick money.

A hustler needs to keep hustling to avoid his income crumbling while an entrepreneur can relax at a point, and the wealth system he has built over the years works for him.

So, are you an entrepreneur or a hustler? If you are an entrepreneur, congratulations. If you still a hustler, it’s not a bad thing; just don’t let your aspiration stop there. Seek to build a sustainable business.

What else does a hustler have to do to become an entrepreneur? We would love to hear from you in the comments section!