As he thinks in his heart so is he. Prov 23:7
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2nd Cor 8:9
The question now is, has Christ died for you? Yes! So, have you become rich?
Well, to answer that let us look at the first scripture quoted above. It says, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. In essence, if a man thinks rich, he is rich. In other words, one of the impart that Christ’s death and resurrection should make on our lives is to give us a rich mentality. When you come to really think about what the Bible says in Ephesians 1:3 concerning believers, it is a no-no for a believer to think and accept mediocrity.
Since it is true that in Christ Jesus we have been redeemed from poverty and given the blessing (Eph 1: 3) and that as a man thinks in his heart, so he really is (Prov 23: 7), then we must renew our mind to the light of this truth so as to see it manifest evidently in our lives.
Firstly, being rich is not a function of having lots of money, but first a mindset, a way of thinking.
Here are six ways people short change themselves through the wrong attitude towards wealth and being rich materially, and ultimately from enjoying the best God has in store for them.
Searching for cheaper alternatives all the time: Haven’t you noticed that cheaper is not always better? One may go for the cheaper option today to save some coins but lose much more in maintenance spending and respect tomorrow. In the end, cheaper becomes expensive by costing the person a wealthy mindset. One ends up selling himself short for a few coins.
Denying yourself of good things: Buyying yourself some nice things does not mean you are a bad steward of God’s money. It only means you place enough value on yourself as God’s precious possession to take care of yourself as much as you possibly can, without feeling guilty about it.
Living in discomfort to save money: For God’s sake, if one can afford it, he should buy himself a good generator and stop using a rechargeable fan and light. One is not being economical by living in discomfort, they are only short changing themselves and their financial future, most especially a wealthy mindset. Listen, it is not luxury; it is a necessity of life to fulfill your assignment.
Always calculating the cost of things: Yes budgeting and planning are good financial habits but when it starts producing a mindset that one doesn't have enough, it’s got to be watched. Always calculating is a subtle show that one is not confident in the ability of God to supply for all his needs.
Obsession with free entries and good deals: If one is always looking for promo's and better deals for products, it shows a sense of lack and not having enough.
Feeling inferior: There is no need to feel inferior when one is around people who have more than he does. Just because you may not have at the moment what they have, doesn’t mean you should feel intimidated. Remember feeling intimidated is a choice!
Make the choice today to intentionally watch your attitude for these pointers and start consciously building a wealthy mindset. Taking strategic action to replace these attitudes with a healthy mindset will go a long way in helping you appropriate the riches of Christ's glory for you!