I believe everybody should aspire to be successful because poverty will truncate your dream and turn you into a local champion. But there is one important question we must answer:
Why Do You Want to Be Rich?
The truth is that money will reveal your true nature. That is why you must ascertain why you want to be rich from day one. If you make money for the sake of it, you won’t like the outcome.
While speaking at the last Spiritual Growth Conference on the topic: Dominating the Systems (you can download it and other teachings on our Telegram channel–Center for Spiritual Growth), I said before we pray to be wealthy, we must first identify why we want to be wealthy.
I read something recently that shocked me. Some foreigners in a particular part of Lagos pay young ladies over a million Naira to sleep with their dogs while they watch. That is a clear example of money without a mission. No purpose, no mission, just make money and do whatever you like.
I read the story of a lady from a West African nation who followed her friend to a popular city in the Middle East. When they got there, it dawned on her that she was decieved. She was handed over to a wealthy man who did unimaginable things to her. Let me not ruin your day with the details. But she was made to eat the man’s excreta and do other abominable things for just $15,000. I learned that the lady is now struggling with mental health because of what she went through.
There are other stories of how some wealthy people turn young ladies, young men, and even children to sex objects just to satisfy their urge.
Why are they doing that? Because they made money for the sake of it. They have money but didn’t outline from day one what they would do when they become wealthy. So today, they are wealthy, married to many women, sleep with many concubines and do crazy things because they feel empty. They are looking for something that will make them happy.
The reason why some wealthy people live simple life is because they have a positive mission. They have money, money does not have them.
You Need to Know the Following:
(1). Money Will Reveal Your True Identity.
One of the wealthiest men ever lived on earth was King Solomon. Look at how wealthy he was:
“14 The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold, 15 besides that from the traveling merchants, from the income of traders, from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country.
16 And King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. 17 He also made three hundred shields of hammered gold; three minas of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. 19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round at the back; there were armrests on either side of the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the armrests. 20 Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps; nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom.
21 All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon. 22 For the king had merchant[a] ships at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the merchant ships came bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys. 23 So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
24 Now all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. 25 Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate year by year.
26 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; he had one thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he [c]stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar trees as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.
28 Also Solomon had horses imported from Egypt and Keveh; the king’s merchants bought them in Keveh at the current price. 29 Now a chariot that was imported from Egypt cost six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse one hundred and fifty; and thus, through their agents, they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.” 1 Kings 10:14-29 (NKJV).
Is there anybody on earth that is as wealthy as Solomon? He was truly wealthy. But there was a problem. He did not have a well defined mission. He had money but failed to clearly define why he wanted to be wealthy.
The only mission I remember is the construction of the Temple. After building the Temple, what happened next? He began to search for happiness. Where did he find happiness?
“And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart.” 1 Kings 11:3 (NKJV).
What in this world will make a man to marry seven hundred wives and equally have three hundred concubines? Solomon was searching for what would fill the emptiness in him.
There is no size, height or shape of women Solomon did not copulate with. I mean he had money. He was wealthy. But because he did not plan on what to do with the money before he made it, he went deep into immorality. The wealth that should have been used to do good was channeled towards satisfying his sexual urge.
Solomon forgot his relationship with God and got married to women from nations God warned Israel not to marry from. He did not stop there, the women he married introduced him to idolatry and he began to build altars for different gods. The Bible opined:
“So the LORD became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the LORD had commanded. Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.” 1 Kings 11:9-12 (NKJV).
Money will reveal your true identity. It is when you have money that we will know whether you love God or not. Poverty will hide your true identity. Some people are passionate about God because they are poor. It is when you have enough money to do whatever you like that we will know whether you’re a genuine Christian or not.
Solomon loved God passionately in the beginning.
“And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” 1 Kings 3:6-9 (NKJV).
Did you see how humble he was at the beginning? Although his father, King David was wealthy, but he wasn’t as wealthy as Solomon. Solomon loved God passionately. But when his kingdom expanded to many nations and he had more money than he needed, the true identity of Solomon showed up.
(2). Money or Wealth Cannot Take the Place of God in Your Life.
There is an emptiness in us that only God can fill. Nothing on earth can fill that vacuum. Not even gold and the best houses on earth can fill it.
If having sex with many women can fill that vacuum, Solomon would have been more than satisfied when he married one hundred wives. But he kept searching for what could fill that vacuum until he married seven hundred wives plus three hundred girlfriends.
If money or wealth can fill that vacuum, then Solomon would have been satisfied. The whole world submitted to him. He ate with golden cutleries. He sat on gold. The whole world was at his feet, yet that vacuum could not be filled.
The reason some wealthy people engage in all manner of atrocities is because they are searching for fulfilment. They want to fill the vacuum only God can fill. It’s not possible. Solomon tried everything possible to find fulfilment but he couldn’t. No wonder he said:
“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2.
Outside God, every other thing is vanity. So, before you start the wealth creation journey, you must settle two things:
Firstly, have a personal relationship with God because nothing in this world can take His place in our lives.
Secondly, have a mission for your money. Have a plan of what to do when you become wealthy.
You can use your money to do the following:
(1). Meet your needs and live a stress free live.
(2). Meet the needs of people.
(3). Use your money to propagate the gospel.
People like the late John D. Rockefeller and other Christian billionaires and millionaires used their money to preach the gospel. Do the same thing.
Wisdom is profitable to direct.
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