I once lived with a family that experienced a season of abundance. Presently, things are really tough for them. Asides the many wrong steps they took, I strongly believe that the one that affected them the most was greed, they didn’t understand the importance of being generous. Imagine things as little as allowing people fetch water was sometimes a problem. They had a big generator, and even if it got bad, they could afford another one at the snap of a finger. I remember trying to convince the mother of the house to stop restraining people from fetching water, and that it’s a privilege to be a blessing to people who cannot afford what we had.
They had two people who lived with them, and they sent them out before my very eyes. The parents and children said that those people were living off their pocket, and so they sent them away. Amazingly, I was also pushed out at some point. I tried to correct something they did, and it became a problem. I was slapped by one of the daughters then pushed out of the house. She specifically told me to go to my father’s house. It was painful, but unlike the other two people they sent away, I was closer to them, so I remained, even though in pain.
They had a scarcity mentality even though they were already in abundance. And because they had a scarcity mentality, it wasn’t long before they began to experience scarcity again.
Through divine intervention I left the house to live on my own. I had peace, but the scarcity mentality had robbed off on me. For this reason, things were really tough for me.
In 2016 I listened to a sermon titled “Gateways to financial fortune” by Bishop David Abioye. During the sermon, I caught 3 keys that has changed my financial life forever:
The Bishop said:
1. I multiply my offering at least twice every year.
2. Every opportunity to give is an opportunity to receive
3. What you need to have is in what you have to give
It was at that moment that I knew I had to work on my heart. And there’s no better way to work on my heart than to become a committed and selfless giver. As at the time I heard that sermon, I had just lost my job and my Sunday worship offering was hundred Naira – although I doubt if I had ever giving more than hundred Naira as offering before that time.
But those words challenged me. I immediately increased my offering to two hundred Naira. It was a struggle the first Sunday as I had to save the two hundred Naira till that Sunday. As a matter of fact, there was nothing left on me after I dropped the offering, neither was any arrangement made to get back home. Surprisingly, someone approached me immediately after that service and gave me two thousand Naira as a gift. This further motivated me to continue doing it.
By 2017 I moved straight to five hundred Naira and then a thousand Naira in 2018. I began to notice that God always increased my level to the offering I increased to each year. This completely defiled my former ideology to increase my givings as God blesses me.
In 2019 it became N2000, and then N4000 in 2020 – which was the year God blessed me with a car and a beautiful wife. In 2021, my offering became N8000, and in 2022 my heart shook for a while when I realized that my offering would be N16000. I even considered starting afresh. But God reminded me of a family that climb the Faith Tabernacle altar to share their testimony, how that the least of their children was giving a million Naira as offering every Sunday. This provoked my spirit man; if a child is giving that amount, how much is the father giving? So I started giving that amount without thinking about it. You should know how much my worship offering has been every Sunday this year, and how much it would be next year. Asides increasing my offering, I gave at every opportunity, I also increase my tithe by about five percent every year. Currently, my tithe is 30 percent.
The more I committed myself to give, the more my heart was enlarged. Greedy people cannot retain wealth, you need a large heart. I gave my first one million Naira tithe in January this year. My heart was immediately enlarged to give in millions. I often tell people that there’s no amount of money that would make me sell my dignity, and that’s because my heart is already enlarged. Unfortunately, people kill for this thing called money. If you see people who betray others because of money, they’ve not trained their heart.
Today, I’m a blessed man, and I can’t imagine what my life would have become if I didn’t take these steps. Actually, I have a clue of what my life would have become, because I still see those people.
I know this wasn’t the kind of response you were hoping to receive, but believe me, if you practice this, you’d watch your life change before your very eyes. If your giving does not cause you to weep, then you really haven’t started giving. You may feel excited afterwards, but that pain in your heart will be there. The reason why it’s there is because the flesh is naturally attached to owning possessions, so it’s naturally burdened by anything that reduces that possession. As Apostle Joshua Selman would often say, in this kingdom, owners are rebels. That’s why you have to train your heart to give.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!