I have never been motivated by money. A lot of people, of course, do not believe me and more would not after reading this and that is fine. You are entitled to your doubts.
But for me, that is my truth. Money is not my motivation. As a matter of fact, I tell God unequivocally not to give me money that would take me away from Him. That is how much the Holy Spirit has groomed me about money.
Now am I saying I don’t want to make money? Surely not. Am I also saying I would not make money? Certainly not. I am going to be rich; I have no doubt in my mind about that.
All I am saying is that I do not make it my motivation. What motivates me is adding value. There is nothing that scares me more than leaving this earth the same way I came, without making impact.
I take being the light of the world and the salt of the world seriously. I come from a school of thought that wants to change the mentality about Christians.
We are the ones who serve the maker of the universe; it is an insult to our Father if we are not shining. Far be it from me to belittle that which my Father has given me.
I want to go into the secular world and shine the light of Christ. I want to be so great they would have no choice but to accept the Christ in me. It is when you have nothing to offer that they scorn your Christianity to your face; that is when they ask you to compromise. When they know you have what they need, they would accommodate your belief.
It would be dangerous to then make money my motivation if this is my goal because many would oppose me and many would throw money at me. There is little less dangerous to a Christian than the love of money.
Christ was not rich, he was homeless, with no place to lay His head but He was the greatest man that walked the face of the earth.
And I am not saying this sentimentally. I am not talking about Christ now as my Lord and Saviour – which He is – I am talking about Him as a historical figure. It is an evidential fact and not conjecture that Christ walked the earth. There are evidences outside of the Bible – some even discovered by atheist – about Christ and His crucifixion.
Atheist would argue, I know, about me stating that he was the greatest man that ever walked the face of the earth and that is okay.
I would just say that it takes an extraordinary greatness to walk the face of the earth without money and wrought the kind of works Christ did.
So if Christ was successful without money, it shows that money is the least criteria for success. Don’t make it your motivation, make it your slave.
If you seek to add value, people would pay you for it. Money would come naturally when you have something people want.