Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! I was listening to a radio program few days ago, and a woman who is supposedly called by God, called in and said; “The Lord called me into the ministry and asked me to stop work, and depend on my (jobless) husband for all my needs” The moment I heard this, I screamed in the car. How can God call you into the ministry to become a liability to both humanity and Divinity? Any call that exempts you from work is a missed-call.
Some priests and pastors have companies, schools and other sources of income. Those who are not into business are writing books, producing music and messages. How can the One who created Adam and gave him a job, call you into irresponsibility?
Check all the people Jesus called into His ministry, none of them was jobless. Peter, James and John were professional fishermen. Matthew was a task collector. Paul the great was a professional tent maker. Our Savior, Jesus Christ was a professional furniture make who made enough money to run His ministry. How can the Caller (Jesus Christ) who had a furniture company call you to be idle? That’s a missed-call.
You must understand that every revelation and prophecy must be scripturally judged. If it does not correlate with God’s Word, or totally strange to it, kindly jettison it, no matter who gave you the prophecy. Many people are swimming in the ocean of poverty in African because they swallow whatever a seer told them. I know a young man who abandoned his business because a seer told him that God called him into the ministry. He is still struggling to survive today. Let’s consider more root causes of poverty in our clime.
3. Negative Mindset. All of us are wearing different spectacles. The kind of spectacle you wear determines the way you will judge every issue. The kind of spectacle you wear determines your world-view. That spectacle is your mindset. The condition of your life is a direct reflecting of the condition of your mind. A mad man looks dirty and unkempt because of the condition of his mind.
A man who believes that some people are destined to be rich while others are destined to be poor will find it difficult to succeed because his mindset will be fighting against success. If you believe that every lady who wears a pair of trousers will go to hell, you will always judge every trousers-wearing lady around you. The lady might be a virgin or a genuine Christian, but your mindset has prepared hell fire for her.
If you grew up in a slum where the true definition of wealth is to own a motorcycle, if you find yourself in Maitama in Abuja or Lekki in Lagos, you will conclude that the people you met there are either occultic or thieves. If you believe that the only message that should be preached in the church is, repent or you go to hell, if you hear anybody teaching success, relationship, healing and other subjects, you will see them as carnal people. To you, the Bible starts and end with heaven and hell.
Negative mindset will hold you down, but positive mindset will take you straight to the top. The Jews left Egypt physically, but were still living in Egypt mentally. They couldn’t make it to the promised-land because they couldn’t let go of their past. You can get rid of negative mindset by changing your association, environment, and role models. Connect with those who are doing great things in life, leave the environment that influenced your thought pattern, and look up to great achievers.
4. Illiteracy. According to statistics shared by achieveinafrica.org, “Primary school enrollment in African countries is among the lowest in the world. 33 million primary school-aged children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not go to school. 18 million of these children are girls. In Sub-Saharan Africa, only two-thirds of children who start primary school reach the final grade.
Although literacy rates have greatly improved in Africa over the last few decades, approximately 40% of Africans over the age of 15, and 50% of women above the age of 25 are illiterate. There is an average of 40 pupils per teacher in sub-Saharan Africa, but the situation varies considerably from country to country. In many countries, it is more than 60 to one.”
A continent with this statistics will find it difficult to develop. It’s true that you can succeed without being well educated, but sound education is a big plus. An educated business man will run faster than the uneducated ones. I know a lot of young men who didn’t have the opportunity of going to school when they were young, but after going back to school to study business administration, their businesses moved to the next level.
The Greeks literally pushed humanity forward through their academic prowess. They literally propounded the theory of democracy. They propounded some of the course we study in the university today. No nation can develop without quality education. I want to encourage whoever is reading this article right now to take education serious. If your parents couldn’t train your in school, kindly train yourself.
Nelson Mandela said that; “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” George Washington Carver opined that; “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” I strongly believe that the easiest way to limit a people is to deny them the opportunity to be educate. We must say no to illiteracy today. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities! To be continued.
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