Today you’re going to learn habits of Christian millionaires that will change your life.
Are you ready?
If you want:
More abundant living.
More of what God has for you.
Then stop what you’re doing and read this.
The Largest Share of Wealth
This is in contrast to:
- 6.5% who identified themselves as Muslim.
- 3.9% who identified themselves as Hindu.
- 1.7 % who identified themselves as Jewish.
Don’t get me wrong–there are good, loving, Bible-believing people who are in impoversished situations. But, the majority of the worlds millionaires identify themselves as Christian.
But like all millionaires they weren’t born they were made.
They were made by their habits.
So what habits can you learn from these Christian millionaires that will change your life?
1. They Understand the Importance of wealth
Henry Crowell Parson was a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor, successful businessman, and was widely known as the founder of the Quaker Oats Company.
He was a highly regarded businessman who used his influence and wealth to achieve positive and lasting change.
But he was also a strong believer who used his platform to champion the cause of Christ.
The impetus for this was when he went to a special meeting to hear a fiery businessman turned evangelist. Parson was 18 years old.
One Dwight Lyman (or D.L.) Moody.
Moody was self educated, not very polished, but he was passionate. He was on fire for God! He spoke about doing big things FOR God and expecting big things FROM God :
Parson was memsmerized. The passion and authority D.L. Moody spoke with had him transfixed. Moody continued:
Parson was broken. Tears streamed down his face.
After service Parson quietly slipped out the church. He was deep in thought: “How could he be that man??”
He couldn’t preach like Moody. Maybe…he could make money to support men like Moody. He prayed his request:
But Parson wasn’t the only one who saw wealth building as a Godly activity. A young John D. Rockefeller had the same “spiritual awakening.”
Early in his teens Rockefeller was very involved in his church. One Sunday, however, the pastor announced from the pulpit the church was behind on interest payments from a $2000 mortgage. If they didn’t raise the money the church would be forced to foreclose.
As the church was filing out the congregants found Rockefeller by the door asking, pleading, and almost threatening people to pledge specific amounts. He wrote down each promise and person in a notebook.
In a matter of months he helped raised the money and saved the church.
But it was during this time his motivation for becoming rich began to develop: doing God’s Work.
Later Rockefeller would go onto to say:
Most believers see wealth as a “necessary evil” these Christian millionaires however saw wealth as a “necessary good.” A tool used in the service of God and for the good of others.
How do you see it?
2. They Understand the Importance of Sales
J. Gunnar Olson had a problem.
He was a budding industrialist and was learning to trust God with his business. He was prospering but for some reason sales were slow.
During this period he called himself a “yo-yo Christian.” When things were going well he was happy, when they weren’t he was depressed.
He decided to go on a 14 day fast, crying out to the Lord for direction. On the last day of the fast he got a call from an intercessor–a woman he highly respected.
She had a word from the Lord:
Source: Business Unlimited
According to him:
The Importance of Sales
According to recent research, many self made millionaires and billionaires held sales jobs when they were younger. They considered that sales experience crucial to their success.
These Christian millionaires and billionaires are no different.
David Steward is the co-founder and chairman of IT provider World Wide Technology. Currently, he has a net-worth of $3 billion.
Before founding his company he had a long career in sales culminating in being recognized as salesman of the year at FedEx. He was later inducted into the company’s hall of fame. He believe his ability to sell aided him well in his business career:
While most people downplay the profession and skill set of selling, these Christian millionaires and billionaires think the opposite.
They realize this: nothing happens without a sale.
3. They Understand the Importance of Goal-Setting
Steve Scott’s life was a mess.
He flunked out of his first nine jobs within six years. Here’s his “resume”:
He was given some advice that changed his life: read a chapter of the book of Proverbs everyday for two years, write down the insights gained, and apply them to work.
He had nothing to lose so he did it.
On job number nine he created a television marketing campaign that doubled the sales of the company he worked for from $30 million to $60 million in only four months.
Even though he was only 27, his boss offered to double his salary, promote him to vice president of marketing, and give him a company car.
Instead of accepting the promotion, Scott resigned so he could accept an on offer from Bob Marsh to start a business of their own.
And they started their own marketing company with $5,000 to create and test a television marketing campaign for a new product they had acquired.
Within nine months their sales had grown to nearly one million dollars…a week!
One. Million. Dollars. A. Week.
What did he learn?
He learned the power of “vision-mapping” or goal setting. According to him:
The Bible says,
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverns 29:18 KJV)”
Most people have no vision for what they want in life OR they have a vague, fuzzy, and abstract picture of what they hope to accomplish (to be more successful, wealthier, slimmer, and etc). That’s not having a true vision.
A true vision is a detailed roadmap–where you are, where you’re going, and when you expect to get there.
Christian millionaires are goal setters. As a result they accomplish more than the average person.
4. They Understand the Importance of Multiple Streams of Income
John D. Rockefeller knew from early on that money was important. But he also knew he wanted to be the master of money– not its servant.
By the time he was 12 he had saved $50, about $1400 in today’s money. He then loaned a farmer the $50 at 7% interest. At the end of the year he collected $3.50 with absolutely no work.
He later said,
When Jesus spoke about good stewardship it wasn’t just about handling money…it was about multiplying money:
Another translation says verse 16 like this:
Jesus also said,
That Greek word “occupy” is the Greek word “diapragmateuomai” (pronounced dee-ap-rag-mat-yoo’-om-ahee).
It has different meanings:
- “Gain by business trading.”
- “Busily engaged in making trades.”
- “Increase by trading.”
It implies active, detailed trading that “buys right” and then knows just when to exchange.
So in other words:
- “Gain by business trading” till I come.
- “Be busily engaged in making trades” till I come.
- “Increase by trading till I come.
Christian millionaires understand the importance of putting money to work. BUT, they also understand the importance of having different sources “working” for them.
Bishop T.D Jakes understands the power of different income streams. He spoke about his ability to maximize his streams:
He further repeated that role of businessman in an interview with CNN:
Whether it be real estate, books, courses, dividends, or etc you CANNOT rely on one source of income.
Begin today to build new “streams.”
5. They Understand the Importance of Following Through on “God-Ideas”
One of the strengths of these Christian millionaires is their ability to hear from God.
And God is MORE than willing to help you with your abundance:
But its not just the hearing.
It’s the ability to persist in spite of contradictory circumstances.
When someone gets a promise from God IMMEDIATELY the enemy comes to steal that Word. (Mark 4:15 KJV) What truly seperates Christian millionaires from the rest is the ability to persist “in spite of.” Here are a few examples:
- Tyler Perry had a dream of a great play and had to endure rejection, disappointment, and homelessness
- Bishop T.D. Jakes had dreams of a worldwide ministry and had to endure poverty and anonymity.
- Folorunsho Alakija endured adversity to get an oil bloc. Once the bloc struck oil she endured the unthinkable: the government took a 50% stake. Then for 12 year long years she fought the government in court. She and her family endured sleepless nights, up and down battles, and isolation from “friends.”
- Strive Masiyiwa saw an opportunity for wireless telephones in his country of Zimbabwe. He had to fight a corrupt government for the right to start this company. He endured 5 years of legal battles, decreased business, and abject poverty…still he endured.
You have a dream.
You have a vision.
You have goals.
But are you willing to endure?
The world NEEDS more Christian millionaires.
But I’d like to hear from you:
What’s your #1 takeaway from today’s study?
Let me know by leaving a comment below right now.
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