A Christian friend I made after I taught about wealth creation, went on and on about why it is useless to listen to life coaches, motivational speakers and those who teach about principles of wealth creation. He had a concrete conviction that the outcome of life is purely a matter of destiny and that once a person becomes a Christian his financial prosperity is left in the hands of God. He quoted Philippians 4:19, and made a passionate decree: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I reminded him that the man who wrote what he quoted did not receive a single supply of any material resource from heaven in a mysterious way; rather, as a tentmaker (Acts 18:3) he worked very hard to pool resources to finance his missionary activities.
He was shocked! He was living in self-deception thinking that God was responsible for his prosperity. Christians must understand that God’s responsibility in our prosperity relates to the gifts and talents we have received as natural deposits. And these gifts and talents are common to all people irrespective of age, race, educational status or religious affiliation. The world is a leveled field where the difference-maker for financial prosperity is about getting things done according to what the times require. It is about creating and selling value.
Wisdom is the key that helps to discern between what one must take responsibility for and what is appropriate to expect from God. It is unwise to hope for the best if you are not working towards it. Hope is not a strategy for making useful gains. It is an unfortunate exaggeration for anybody to think that their participation in religious activities will earn them financial rewards from God. Worship has its benefits but prosperity is a product of work. Smart living is for smart people.
There is no single character in the Bible who became prosperous without laboring for it. Abraham was extremely wealthy because he was an astute businessman, raring animals and dealing in mineral resources (Genesis 13:2). Apostle Paul wrote extensively about the grace of God. He made it very clear that the grace of God upon his life was not in vain because he laboured abundantly than all his colleagues (1Corinthians 15:10). Unfortunately, many Christians are using the grace factor as excuse to avoid hard work while waiting in vain in anticipation of supernatural delivery of prosperity which will never see the light of day. The hard truth is that, if you fail to labour under the guise of grace you will enter into disgrace. God is not your labourer. He will not perform your duties for you no matter how long you fast and pray. Be wise!