Ancient instructions to the rich

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭6:17-19‬ ‭

Let us look at this definition of poverty by U.N. before we look into today’s quote:

“Fundamentally, poverty is a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. It means lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to feed and cloth[e] a family, not having a school or clinic to go to, not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living, not having access to credit. It means insecurity, powerlessness and exclusion of individuals, households and communities. It means susceptibility to violence, and it often implies living on marginal or fragile environments, without access to clean water or sanitation”- United Nations, 1998

Society’s definition of rich, at times, can be misleading. It narrows it down to having a lot of money or abounding in possessions. Going by the definition of poverty, over half of the world have crossed over the poverty line, so it is safe to say, you are the opposite of poor- rich. It is important to say this because I have noticed with time people attach some exclusivity to riches.

Today’s blog post is addressed to you- the rich person. Apostle Paul was advising his protegé in Timothy in what to tell the rich parishioners in his church. I call it ancient instructions because this was given before the first century.

1. Do not be arrogant– Riches have a tendency to stroke our ego and make us have an inflated opinion of ourselves. This is a temptation when you can afford the things you want. It is important to remain levelheaded even if your financial bracket has changed.

2. Don’t put your hope in wealth- Wealth gives the false impression to provide us security, but the verse above says it is uncertain. There were more than 10,000 suicides between 2008 and 2010 during the global economic crisis. Money can fail! Money can disappoint! Its value can depreciate or appreciate due to external factors like panic. Your most, secured financial investment is as strong as someone’s fear and panic. Think about it. Is this what you want to put your trust in?

3. Put your hope in God- Rich people struggle to believe there is a God factor to their wealth and riches. It is true you worked hard on your part, but for a moment, acknowledge God’s help in your efforts. God richly provides for our enjoyment as the biblical quote alludes.

Remember that it is the LORD your God who gives you the power to become rich…” Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:18‬

This Bible verse was originally in a Hebrew text, and the word power in the Hebrew means strength, force, might, ability, substance. So God gives us all these things to become rich. Understood?

4. Do good- The essence of being blessed is to be a blessing. You do good by being rich in good deeds, generous and willing to share. Most millionaires and billionaires have said it on record that the gratifying part of their status is been able to help out. Believe it or not, your generosity will also lay aside a treasure in the hereafter. I think once in our lifetime, everybody must have the gratifying experience of being responsible for one’s welfare and helped him or her from point A to point B. You have crossed the poverty line not to indulge in your needs and fantasies only. Nothing wrong with that, but see the other side of the coin.

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20/20 in 2020

In Optometry, the phrase, 20/20 is used to measure visual acuity. That is, you stand at 20 feet and read a small line of letters. When you pass the test, you have a 20/20 vision, which in other words, means normal vision.

The funny thing is, most of us think we have perfect vision till the results come out. I remembered when prescribed glasses after the test. I protested for long, but alas, I type wearing them presently. I don’t have a 20/20 vision without the aid of glasses.

“…Buy also some ointment to put on your eyes, so that you may see.” Revelation‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭

The above quote is a message from God to a church that focused on the wrong things because of their perspective. God gave them a remedy to have a clearer perspective. The phrase, “buy also some ointment to put on your eyes…” was a figurative expression to that church to come back to Him. It was in having a relationship with God, that will cause them to have a clearer perspective of things.

As we have entered this year, it is important to have a clearer vision and perspective on things, else this year will just be another year which will go down the drain. Be determined to make the most out of this year and the new decade we have just entered. I am inspired to write on a few things which are worthy of a clearer perspective. Indulge me your attention as we go through.

1. A clearer perspective on your identity- take time to invest in who you are as a person. So many people have not truly discovered who they are yet, because they have been busy living other people’s lives, living other people’s expectations and projections. Some have easily become like a great impressionist. I heard a story in passing about a comedian who is a master impressionist. This art started early in his childhood years, and in his words, he could impersonate everybody, till his mother will scream out in exhaustion, “where is my real son? I will like to see him today please.” In that same vein, I scream, “who are YOU?!, do you know YOU yet?!, when is YOU going to come out yet?!” Somebody may ask, how do I know ME? Do you believe you were created by God? If so, then go to God in prayer and he will show you the true YOU. The manufacturer knows better than the manufactured. I have this belief that I am an art of divine creation. I don’t know your beliefs, and that is fine. To any practicing Christian reading this, if there has ever been a time to stay close to God in prayer, that time is NOW.

2. A clearer perspective of your purpose- what you are called to do is tied to who you are. Today is a good time to critically think about what you are TRULY called to do, not what your parents, teachers and friends THINK what you should do. Thank God for parents, teachers and friends, but sometimes they can be sincerely wrong. Your purpose is also tied to your passion. What gets you going? What keeps you excited? What gives you a mad rush of energy? For some, you may have to take radical, bold decisions after this exercise. For some too, it might be just a little adjustment. Which ever phase you will find yourself in, it is worth it having a clearer view of your purpose.

3. A clearer perspective for opportunities- may we maximize our defining moments this year when it comes by. For some, our decade can change if only we prospect the RIGHT opportunity at the right time. There is such a thing as the right opportunity at a wrong time. Planting is an opportunity, but you have to be mindful of the season you sow, else your harvest will be affected. We can seize the moments when it comes by when we use our instinct rather than our intellect at times. Almost all opportunities don’t come easily identifiable. May we not miss our opportunities this year. May I recommend one of the best books I have read which will help in this area. It is called Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive.

4. A clearer perspective on relationships- a quote by Charlie Tremendous Jones goes like this, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” The growth you will experience in half of this decade is determined by one of the two factors in relationships. Be discerning with your company this year. You can be friendly with everybody, but not everyone can be your friend. Relationships go beyond socializing. They also shape our destinies, and are also responsible for our ‘make up‘ or ‘break up’.

Thank you for lending me your heart and your time. Very honored you read my post today. I want to wish you all a happy new year. God bless us all.

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