Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Money is not an important issue, but I can tell you categorically that almost everything in this life is connected to money including your health and the gospel. Money is not the root of all evil because the Bible never said so. It is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil. How do you know someone that loves money? He can kill, endanger his life by ingesting cocaine into his stomach, become a prostitute, join cult, cheat, manipulate and steal to make money! Anyone who does these things has become a slave to money.
On the other hand, you can use money to do many good things. You can sponsor crusades across Africa and bring in thousands of souls into the Kingdom. You can go down to your village and train less privileged children from primary school to the university. You can place elderly people under monthly allowance. You can rebuild all the dilapidated schools in your town or anywhere. You can construct boreholes for people who struggle to get water on daily basis.
You can equally declare war against prostitution with your money. You can set up a team of evangelists (ladies) to go into different brothels and lead every prostitute into the Kingdom. To achieve that, you will establish an institute where these ladies will be trained in areas like; event management, fashion designing, hairdressing, entrepreneurship, and other skills. If any of them agrees to come out of the brothel, you will train her at the institute, and on the day she graduates, you will establish whatever she learned at the institute for her! Just imaging the number of potential HIV patients you would have rescued with your money.
I love what Mr. Tony Elumelu is doing across Africa. Every year he gives startup capital that runs into millions of dollars to thousands of youths across Africa through Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship programme (TEEP) to establish their own businesses. The initiative was launched in 2015 and it’s geared towards distributing $100 million within ten years by identifying and empowering 10,000 African entrepreneurs who will create one million jobs and add $10 billion in revenue to Africa!
If you establish an entrepreneur, you have indirectly established over ten people around him or her. The person will need lorries to bring in his goods, he will need an accountant to manage his money, he will definitely employ at least one or two staff, and many other people. Remember that everyone that makes money from this individual you helped has a family. So you are indirectly taking care of many families. Just look at the ripple effect. You established one person, and helped many people at the same time.
The challenge some of us have, especially Christians is that our parents, society and even ministers of God told us that money is evil. They usually show us the catalogue of evil money has caused without showing us the good things we can do with it. So we grew up hating every discussion about money. That someone sacrificed his mother to make money doesn’t mean that money is evil.
Money is neither evil nor good, rather it takes the character of its owner. If I use my money to bless humanity and extend the Kingdom frontiers, it means my money has taken my good character. But if someone uses money to oppress and suppress people, manipulate people, sacrifice his relatives and generally use his money to commit all manner of atrocities, then his money has taken his bad character!
A young man challenged me one day, and said that the reason why money is bad is because Lazarus the poor beggar went to heaven, while the rich man went to hell. He said it will be very difficult for rich people to make heaven. I asked him a simple question; when Lazarus went to heaven who did he see? He said Abraham. I now showed him this scripture; “Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.” Genesis 13:2. Abraham even had a private army consisting of 318 men whom he singlehandedly paid! It was rich man’s inability to submit his wealth to the rulership of the “Agidigbacious” God! He turned his wealth into his god!
By the way, how do you behave when you receive an alert from your bank? Cry, complain about demons and devils or happy? I know you are a spiritual juggernaut, but do you feel happy or sad when that alert lands on your phone? I am not saying that people have not committed atrocities with their money, but that does not mean we cannot use that same money to do good things. That people are using the internet to commit all manner of evil doesn’t mean we cannot use it to spread the gospel. I have brought many people into the kingdom through the same internet!
You must understand that God is not poor. In fact, God is the Landlord of heaven and earth. The earth and every other planet belongs to Him. If your earthly father is a billionaire, will you ever become a beggar on the street? The answer is no! If your earthly father knows how to give good things to you, how much more will your heavenly Father! Paul made a statement that changed my life. He said; “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9. God wants you to be blessed so that you can become a blessing to your generation.
If you really want to create genuine wealth so that you can become a blessing to your generation, don’t miss the forthcoming Inspire Africa Project Conference that will be taking place on the 26th of June 2016, in Lagos. The theme is Money Making Opportunities In Nigeria. Check the handbill below for more information. Remain ever lifted!
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