A venture I am in involved in is going international, so I asked a colleague to buy up all the variations of the related Internet domain name. In particular, I wanted to secure the coveted .com domain. It was so frustrating to be told the .com was taken. The buyer had even protected their privacy, so we couldn’t even make them an offer they couldn’t refuse to hand over the domain. Finally, my colleague managed to find a way around and discovered who owned the domain. It was me! I had forgotten that years earlier, when I had purchased the original .co.uk domain, I had purchased .com just in case the venture went international!
We can all be forgetful. Sometimes it’s a person’s name, on another occasion someone’s birthday, or who it was that introduced us to the person we are now enjoying great favour with. God’s people have a track record for being forgetful. Throughout the Bible, there is a catchphrase that is used: ‘Remember the Lord your God’.
Not only do we have a tendency to forget what God has done, but we can also take the credit for what God has done. Through Moses, God said to His people: “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).
The ability to create wealth is a God-given gift. If you can create or procure goods and services, and exchange them for money at a profit, you have been anointed by God for business. God calls some people to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, and others to be politicians, doctors, police officers, journalists, parents, educationalists and business entrepreneurs. The gifting of business and wealth creation is a divine calling.
Some Christians get resentful when they see other people making money. Sometimes I’m sure it is plain old jealousy, and on other occasions they have made the false assumption that if you are making money then you are doing so at somebody else’s expense. Now, we can all get jealous, and there are some people who flourish by abusing others; however, we must remember that wealth and wealth creation are godly.
Recently, I posted on social media the picture of an iconic skyscraper that some business friends are involved in developing in Africa. Someone replied: “All the poor people will be able to see it from their townships.” We too easily forget that God creates wealth.
The skyscraper will attract significant foreign investment; it will create thousands of jobs; it will attract new businesses to the area; it will create a sense of pride about the community; the jobs will lift families out of poverty. The wealth created will pay taxes that will build schools, hospitals and communities that thrive. In turn, this investment will stimulate and strengthen an economy that needs all the help it can get. Wealth creation is good and godly!
Maybe you are broke, but God is going to give you the gift of wealth creation. Maybe there is someone in your church that God has given the gift of wealth creation, and they are going to offer you a job. Maybe you are stuck in a job that you really don’t enjoy, and God is giving you a genius idea that is going to create significant wealth.
If you relate to what I have said, then this is what I suggest you do:
- Pray. All good gifts come from God. Call out to God in prayer, and ask Him for the gift of wealth creation, because He gives the ability to create wealth.
- Stop praying and do something. The Bible says that faith without action is dead. You can pray all you like for God to make you a wealth creator, but sooner or later you need to stop praying and do something. Whether it’s a small step or a big step, create and develop momentum in the right direction by taking action every day.
- Build relationships. God works through relationships, so invest in relationships. God will open up the next season of your life through the relationships that you build, so get building. As I look back through my life, all the good things that have ever happened to me have been the result of a person I knew that helped me.
Matt Bird is an international speaker, author and broadcaster (www.mattbirdspeaker.com). He is founder of Relationology that helps businesses grow revenue through relationships (www.relationology.co.uk), and Cinnamon Network that helps churches transform communities (www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk).