“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.
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?