Frankly speaking, I’m not sure if there’s an organization out there where workers do not engage in collecting bribes or using unjust ways to earn an additional pay. The church is supposed to be an holy place, unfortunately, church isn’t exempted from this. If it happens in church, then it definitely happens in every other organization.
Personally, before I gained understanding, I used to commit invoice fraud. Whenever the organization I work with sent me on an errand, I’d inflate the invoice or receipt against the actual cost of what was bought. This was a norm in the organization, and most people do not even consider it to be a financial fraud. But then, how do you do such to an organization that pays your salary? The salary you earn also includes payment for your loyalty and integrity.
You’re probably about to tell me that the salary is never sufficient. Well, our sufficiency has never been from money, it has always been from God. The moment you make money your sufficiency, then the possibility of engaging in financial fraud is very high.
Why do you need to take a bribe or commit a financial fraud in the first place? Because you want to have money that would be sufficient for you, right? A believer should not live with that kind of mentality. You don’t need sufficient money, you just need an unbroken relationship with God, who also is your Sufficiency.
Let me show you a few scriptures that would further enlighten you:
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
Any money you gather through fraudulent means cannot sustain you. I mentioned earlier that God is our Sufficiency, He’s also our Sustainer. Money can never take the place of God. You can’t serve God and mammon. Those who sacrificed their soul for money would tell you that they wished they never did. And that’s because the money they got couldn’t sustain them.
Try to reflect on how you spent the bribe and the money you got through fraud. Even if you bought something good with them, it would have diminished by now. Ofcourse, you expected it to last because it was good, but the scripture cannot be broken, “Wealth gotten by vanity shall diminish”. So even if you build a house with it, you’d lose the house. I wish I were joking, but even you can testify of this truth.
Gather through labour and be contented with what you have. Commit yourself to the principle of financial fortune in the kingdom and it’s only a matter of time, you will increase as the scripture says.
1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
That’s right! Forging or inflation invoices is an abomination to God. This also means that collecting a bribe is an abomination.
God is happy with you everytime you give a just weight. He’s happy with the fact that you gave the correct value in the invoice. He’s happy when you do your job without considering a bribe.
This issue of collecting bribe is worse in this part of the world, especially among government workers. They are already on a payroll, yet you’d have to bribe them before they can do what they are being paid for.
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
If you have the mindset of a kingdom giver, commiting financial frauds or collecting bribes wouldn’t be an option for you. Givers are blessing-conscious. Instead of taking a bribe, wouldn’t it be better to give your best so that the person would be happy? Would it be wrong to even entertain the person with a drink while you attend to them?
Givers draw their sufficiency from God, not from money. It’s why a true giver would hardly engage in financial frauds. If you easily engage in financial frauds, then you’re most likely not a giver. There are two things that a giver would hardly do; the first is to beg and the second is to steal. A giver would never take what is not his own.
So, train yourself to give. The more you give, the less temptation you suffer when it comes to financial fraud. Givers are contented. I’ve often said that there’s no amount of money that can be given to me that would surprise me. I’m a blessed man! I may not have that kind of money in my account, but I don’t lust after money. And that’s because I give.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!