BEING SINGLE IS BEING WEALTHY
Many of us don’t understand just how privileged we are even before we say “I do”.
Let me explain.
When you are single you have a currency £$ of potential at your disposal. A blank chequer.
You have access to a savings account banked with:
Whilst we’re single, the time we have for ourselves is probably at its maximum. Because we don’t (yet) have the responsibilities (privileges *wink*) of attending to and loving our spouse 24/7, as well as all the other responsibilities that come with married life – we are able to focus more on ourselves. This is the perfect season to discover your likes and dislikes, your skills, your strengths, your weaknesses and do something with and about them.
When we are single, we have a wealth of potential. Although God is penning our lives, He has already instilled in us desires, passions and talents that He wants us to invest into the world around us for His glory. Like the parable of the talents: The servant given one talent made two mistakes.
1. He was afraid and as children of God fear cannot be part of our vocabulary. Don’t be afraid of failure – He who started a work in you will be faithful to complete it. Oh and don’t believe the lies, when they tell you that you have to be a damsel in distress before your knight in shining armour can come and “rescue you” – I’ve been saved once already – by JESUS – so thanks but no thanks. And Guys, she doesn’t have to see you as her hero before you believe she really likes you.
And 2. He was lazy. As children of God we are called to a life of service, exploits and prosperity – just like Christ, just like the many examples of men and women of God in the bible. People who worked hard like David, lived sacrificial and obedient lives like Abraham and served God courageously like Deborah. So this is the perfect time to take those godly risks and put your gifts and ambitions into practice. Don’t wait till you marry to become successful, take the talents God has given you to the exchangers now! Like the good and faithful servants.
What talents do you have?
What skills do you take for granted?
Start with asking God what He wants you to invest in.
Ladies we don’t need to hang around idle, waiting for our other half to notice us. And Gents, you don’t have to considered every girl you come across and find your wife through trial and error.
Be sure of this, if you make yourself available to God and fix your eyes on Him, He will not hide a good thing from your sight.
Being single is being rich with potential.
So start fulfilling your God-given potential today.
Waiting with a purpose is sure to be a better experience than rushing through life’s seasons without one. May God pave our paths with His instruction, His mercy and His grace in Jesus name amen.
Stay tuned for the next post on being Single and Rich!
Peace & Love
“What is Success?”
I was glad that Pastor Bayo wasn’t known for putting people on the spot during his sermons, as this question undoubtedly buzzed in and out of the ears of the congregation, forming big floating question marks over our heads. I could’ve given various examples of what I was sure success wasn’t: wealth, the clothes you wear, the car you drive, how many university degrees you have, whether or not you are in a relationship, and the list could go on. But identifying what success is, seemed like a complicated and daunting task, with opposing opinions on every side. In the world or from a worldly perspective, success is defined by possessions and material goods; a man or woman’s position, status, lifestyle, bank account balance or even other’s perceptions of them. But as Christians, as children of God, our success is evident in spirit, before God.
Galatians 5:16 -17
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
Our success is also evident in the manner in which we use our Spiritual gifts, Spiritual fruits and our God-given talents (- I will discuss in more detail in part 2). But let’s consider, our spiritual condition as a reflection of our success, then agreeably none of us will succeed without God. It takes the spirit of God to cleanse the inward state of a man or woman, boy or girl, and nurture it, there is no other “cure” or “quick fix”. The ‘spirit’ refers to one’s inward self, the soul, the heart. Our inward selves translate into our outward portrayals, behaviours and habits, sooner or later – nothing remains hidden forever. As Jesus said to the Pharisee whom he dined with, in Luke 11:39
“Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. 40 Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?”
Therefore, allow God to establish his work in your heart, to manifest his love in your spirit. We should yield to the spirit of God and let God rule over us. Regardless of where we are from, our nationality, appearance and especially regardless of our past – which if fixated on, can and does hinder success. One decision we can make, which will enable us to be successful, is learning to serve. In serving we invite God to establish the fruits of the Spirit in us, be it
So by serving as well as following other instructions from the Holy Spirit, God will elevate us spiritually and in our lives.
Luke 22:26 – 27 (Jesus speaking to his disciples about who will be considered the greatest disciple),
26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
As we serve others, with a pure heart, I pray that God will lift us to greater heights, rewarding us with spiritual growth, fruitfulness, and prosperity in our various walks of life. Just as David was elevated, from a boy shepherd to the king of Israel, and Joseph from a slave and prisoner, to a powerful man in Egypt, highly favoured by Pharaoh.
I pray you have been and will be blessed by these posts in Jesus name amen.
Stay tuned for part 2 …