To be a balanced child of God, take your physical wealth models from the Old Testament saints; their philosophies and their principles. In reading through the Bible, you will notice that the New Testament does not focus much on wealth. Some people pick statements of Paul like, “We are poor yet making many rich” and emphasise on “we are poor” and neglect, “yet making many rich.” When Paul said, “we are poor, yet making many rich”, he was referring to ministers of the gospel. This means that there must be something flowing from a minister of the gospel (if he is genuine) that is making many rich.

The same Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:12, “If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?” The picture Paul is painting here is that the minister of the gospel should not make the pursuit of carnal things his primary objective so that he can pay attention to the spiritual duties of his calling. He should minister spiritual things to the people, and the people out of understanding should reward him with carnal things because nobody can survive on the earth without carnal things.

If you will be a balanced Christian in terms of victory in life, take your model from David and take your spiritual model from Apostle Paul then balance the two. David prayed some prayers about enemies that show you that there are some enemy situations that you must not take a friendly approach to. For wealth, Abraham and Solomon should be your models. In Leadership Joseph, Daniel, David, Ezra and Nehemiah are your models. For a model in ministry, adopt the life of Paul.


PRAYER: Lord, open my eyes to see my God-given pattern and example from the scriptures and I receive wisdom for accurate interpretation in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Esther 1:1-3:15, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, Psalm 35:17-28, Proverbs 21:19-20