Self-Auditing: How to Increase Your Personal Value and Obtain Your Seat at The Table of Great Achievers
Businesses are collapsing, marriages are failing, friends are falling apart, people are losing their jobs, so many are struggling under the yoke of indebtedness, some are so broke in spite of their monthly earnings and many are dying prematurely because there is a general lack of self-auditing to generate a lifestyle report that will define and inform the necessary changes that must be made in our way of life.
Lifestyle auditing is as important as a routine medical examination. As a matter of fact, a routine medical examination is a subset of lifestyle auditing. We, however, pay very little to no attention at all to the former and that has slowed our progress and worsened our woes. As Plato said, “The unexamined life is not worth living!”
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5).
A man before leaving for work, left a letter on the dining table for his wife. Chores around the house kept the woman fr om seeing the letter until about 12 noon. When she finally chanced on the letter she was so excited to see that her husband had taken time to write her a letter. She kissed the paper when she saw “my beautiful wife” at the top, hugged it when she saw “I love you with all my heart” at the bottom, and sniffed it when she realized it smelled of her husband’s perfume.
Out of excitement, and without even bothering to read the content of the letter, she made up her mind to cook him his favorite meal for dinner that night. She quickly rushed to the kitchen and got to work. After cooking and setting the table, she went to the wash room and took a shower, put on her most attractive night gown and dressed the bed.
One of the lies about wealth creation which some pastors have been peddling in recent times is about them having supernatural power to make substantial amounts of money miraculously appear in people’s purses, pockets or bank accounts. As all false teachers do, proponents of this falsehood also allude to a text of the Christian Scriptures which they misinterpret to justify this deceptive scheme.
Whether this falsehood is being propagated through a sermon or the several books that have been published in this regard, Matthew 17:27 is an anchor text which is quoted: “But so that we may not cause offence, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours” (Matthew 17:27).
It is very difficult for me to understand how a coin which is found in the mouth of a fish becomes a precedent for promising gullible believers wealth transfer which they are enticed to attract by sowing financial seeds in cash, into the lives and Ministries of this so-called miracle money producers. Did Jesus enrich Peter’s life by the coin that he took out of the mouth of the fish?