It’s Easy To Create Wealth
October 10, 2010
It’s Easy To Create Wealth
It’s easy to create wealth. The greatest enemy of that attitude is poverty. People have several outlooks regarding money. Let’s review them.
Wealthy – These folks do work harder than most and they are typically anchored in purpose. The stereotype of luxury and a life of ease doesn’t describe them as much as sacrifice and perseverance. They are exposed to a steady stream of new opportunities and ideas, and they “wisely” move on the best ones. What sets them apart most is their zeal for purpose, which often translates to ministry – blessing others with a product or service. Money is simply a tool that serves their purpose, not a goal in itself. Wealth always flows toward Kingdom purpose.
Wealthy wannabes – These folks are presently without money, but they have great vision. Their track is to use other people’s money to leverage a path to their own wealth. They are susceptible to impatience and prone to swing for the fences. They can lack the wisdom that comes with experience. Purpose is often confused in the process of focusing too much on wealth. They eventually make it if they get mentoring. Their ability to dream is a good thing… a God thing… a stage we all need to go through.
Middle Class – These folks are steady workers in a job or business with which they are comfortable. They believe that wealth is out of their reach, and trust their future to pensions and retirement plans. They have faith to pay the bills and support themselves, but that’s it. It’s OK to stay in this place. We just have to admit it’s a choice to leave some of God’s blessing, and some of our ministry calling on the table. We don’t have to be healed or speak in tongues or have wealth to go to heaven – it’s up to us to contend for God’s provisions!
Poverty – These folks don’t believe they can create wealth, have lost hope, and often see themselves as victims. Their focus is on finding people to help them or signing up for new entitlements through God, the government, their friends, or church.
The promise – God has given every believer the ability to have life, and life more abundantly. He’s given us talents and opportunities to exploit. Our stewardship of those opportunities and ideas is a key ingredient of faith that creates wealth. I have to believe that wealth is a possibility for me. If I know that learning to multiply money is part of God’s plan, I will watch for the opportunities.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Cor 8:9 NIV
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Cor 9:10-11 NIV
I’m more than conqueror (not a victim) – We own the responsibility to create wealth before God – We are not victims of our personal circumstances. The expectation that others should make me wealthy is the essence of poverty, the welfare mentality, and the root of passivity in Christians.
At whatever stage or economic status I find myself, I can dream, I can begin now to work, save some of the money I make, and eventually invest in income-generating assets that will support my dream. I can be faithful in that which is another man’s (a job) until I have my own. Then I can own land, make investments, start a business around a product or service that I am able to provide, to bless others as an expression of my ministry.
The prodigal – The greatest reinforcement of poverty is misguided giving – too much money in the hands of people not mature enough to multiply it. The prodigal son spent his inheritance on his lusts. That is the key symptom of poverty.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures (lusts). James 4:3 NASU
We’ve got “wealth transfer” backward!!! – God views those who squander wealth and talent, instead of managing it, as wicked. God himself transfers wealth from those who lose it to those who steward it… He effectively transfers wealth from the poor to the wealthy! Amazing! How often is our benevolent redistribution of wealth working against the plan of God?
“‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matt 25:28-30 NIV
Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” Mark 4:25 NIV
Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” Luke 8:18 NIV
Helping the poor – We can and should be good Samaritans and give to those suffering from humanitarian disasters. I appreciate the generosity of our people and our government in that regard. However, giving money to people in a lifestyle of poverty, simply reinforces the enslavement of their poverty mentality. I’m going to refer you to a couple of links for more info on this topic:
Uncle Sam’s Plantation – http://www.urbancure.org/article.asp?id=3208
What can we do to really help those in poverty?
Adjust our definition of discipleship to include wealth creation. “Entreprenurial” is a spiritual discipline that requires faith and action on the basis of redemption… just like salvation, healing, prayer, etc. Once you see it as part of God’s personal plan for you, the condemnation comes off and you find the means and the mentors to make it happen. Wealth creation is a door to ministry that opens when you knock.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10 NIV
Add wisdom – Much of our emphasis on revelation and God’s power leaves believers waiting on God. We need a better balance between wisdom and revelation when it comes to wealth creation in the marketplace. God isn’t going to tell us which stocks to pick! Using wisdom and a mentor, however, makes a task like that very doable.
Personal responsibility – Let’s teach people how to work and save and put their own money to work in income-generating assets. Let’s teach them to create wealth and get out of the poverty mindset. It really is possible. That’s what Releasing Kings is all about.
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John and Sue
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church.
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