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25/08/2021 03:00 - 26/08/2021 02:00

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: 18-19).

One of the most important lesson for a student of accounting is to master the workings of a ledger. A ledger records transaction as either debit or credit in separate column and the ending or closing balancing. A tenant who writes a rent cheque to a landlord would enter a credit for the bank account on which the cheque is drawn, and a debit in a rent expense account. Normally, every business person would be happy to see his credit account grow to cover business expense and eventually realize a profit. If it is the other way round, no credit coming through, the business is bound to collapse.

Writing to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul thanked them for their gifts, happily pointing out, “For even while I was in Thessalonica, you provided for my needs again and again. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account” (Philippians 4:16-17).

Paul here alludes to a hidden truth that as believers we have heavenly accounts, which at some point will be opened to us. Whereas what will take us to heaven is not because of any worth in us but the finished work of Christ on the cross, still, there is a reward for the deeds of our lives here on earth. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Mathew 5:12).

When we are generous and give to the work of God two things are expected. God rewards us in multiple ways, such as opening doors, protection from harm or with good health. Yet, even more, generous believers are building up their heavenly accounts with credits. This is why Paul recalled of believers in Thessalonica, that they will find lots of credit deposited on that fat account up in heaven.

Just as any businessman desires to see his credit account increase in value, or else the business closes, so should we seek to see our heavenly account grow. At a certain point in the not far off future, our investment will bear fruit in the “life that is truly life”!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I choose to give generously, happy that my heavenly account is steadily growing and will someday come to full fruition, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).

    Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.

    The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).

    The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).

    Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.

    And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).

    When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!

    Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.

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