January 21, 2020 by Kgalalelo
There is a principle that I have lived by all my life and I didn’t think that others knew about it until I heard a pastor recently mention that when you have a seed in your hand for something that you want to do or trusting God to have, that you shouldn’t use it for something else. This is exactly how I have been living all these years. If I put money aside for a project, I never use it for something else because I have already named it.
Even if I can experience lack in another area, I simply don’t touch that money. It is baptised for the project and that is it, for me. So, my money has a name and that name is attached to what I want to do or the project I wish to complete. This principle has worked for me and is still working. I was astonished and excited to hear that pastor mention it as well, and I realise that I have been on the right track all my life and have been able to realise most of my dreams.
I am an expanding and advancing human being and therefore, I am always dreaming and expanding my vision and desires. Pertaining to those that requires money, I simply put that money aside for that assignment and never touch it until the goal is achieved. I never borrow from it to do something else and if I need to put more, I keep on adding until I have enough for the fulfilment of that dream.
Such principles are there and they determine between successful people and those who don’t succeed. I have always believed that I need to respect money, I need to take good care of my wallet and not place it all willy-nilly around the house. I care for my money and my money cares for me because I respect it. I respect the seed that God has put in my hand.
He is the Source of all good things, that is what the Bible says in James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”. It is God who provides and we need to value what He has placed in our hands.
Scripture further says in Luke 16:10-11, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” You need to take good care of what God has entrusted in your hand for if you are careless, you might lose it.
I always quote the words of Jesus in John 10:10, who says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”. This was Jesus’ mission, how awesome! Struggle was never the intention of God. There are many people who still believe that you have to struggle in life to show that you are highly spiritual.
This is not true because God’s Will as I often say, is contained in the Bible, His Word, and if Jesus says that I should have life to the full then, it must be so. We struggle sometimes because of our own doing; we don’t have much regard for what God has entrusted us with. I’m not saying that this is always the case but you need to introspect and discover for yourself if it is not true for you.
I have seen children from well-off families who ended up messing their lives. They are given the best education and yet throw that in their parents’ face. They are not driven to do anything for themselves because mother and father will take care of it. Our parents do the best they can for us but we have to recognise that and appreciate the gift because it comes from God.
When God enables our parents to do great things, we are automatically beneficiaries but when you inherit from your parents, you need to respect and use your inheritance with care. Think about the parable of the prodigal son for example in Luke 15:11-32, the boy took his inheritance and wasted it on friends and probably women and when everything was used up, the world spit him out that he was willing to eat the food saved for pigs.
He didn’t value what was in his hand nor preserved it. He didn’t act like a wise person. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:15-16, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil”. It further says in Proverbs 4:6-7, "Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you”.
Wisdom is a must when you are handling your affairs in every area of your life, whether it is your marriage, your parenting, your health, finances, career, relationships with others, recreation and your spiritual well-being. Every area of your life requires that you think deeply about it and apply discernment.
Wisdom goes hand in hand with understanding. “The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper” (Proverbs 19:8). The Word of God is available to us to know what God’s plan is about our lives. We already know that He wants us to live an abundant life, however, it goes with responsibility. When you are blessed with all the riches in life, use them for good and enjoy them wisely.
The prodigal child in the Bible is still called “the son”. He is loved by his father and when he came back home after squandering his wealth, his father welcomed him with a feast. He was happy that his son had returned. When we falter as well, God is welcoming and merciful, but do we really need to go astray, struggle and suffer if we could have done things the right way in the first place and applied wisdom? Everyone body makes mistakes but there are those which can be avoided. Some mistakes are costly and wastes time. You could have been far in reaching your destiny had you sought God. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans”.
We are co-heirs with Jesus Christ, we are the beneficiaries of God’s goodness and we can have anything that we want in line with God’s will and we know His will is to prosper us. The bible says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. God’s blessings are available for us but we have to be responsible and care for what He gave and use everything astutely.
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