We can find the first secret verse to becoming a Millionaire For Jesus in I Thessalonians 4:10-12, “We beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing”.
First of all, we see yet another indication that it is God’s will for us to have plenty in the phrases, “increase more and more” and “that ye may have lack of nothing”.
Now, here’s the secret – “to do your own business, and to work with your own hands”.
Did you notice whose business this was? That’s right, “YOUR OWN”! If you are to be in a position where you have lack of nothing, then you’ve got to have your own business.
Now, moving to the word “work”, Webster’s dictionary defines work as physical and mental effort.
If you are going to become a Millionaire For Jesus, then you must be putting your physical and mental effort into your own business!
Also, pay special attention to the word “do” used in this verse. There is no “passive” waiting around described in this verse. Instead, we are being directed to “urgent action”. It’s as if the Apostle Paul is telling us:
“Get to work in your own business so that you can increase more and more and so that you don’t have lack of anything so that you can get busy doing a work for the Lord!”
Here’s another interesting phrase in this verse, “That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without”. Here are some thoughts about this phrase:
- If you work for someone else and you are on salary and you come in late, leave early, or have to go take care of some personal business then you are in effect “stealing” from your employer.
- Because many people who work for someone else are just barely getting by, there is a “pull” to “take” from their employer since they “have plenty” and “they’ll never even miss it”.
- What kind of a testimony is it to the world if a Christian is so poor that he or she is always living right on the edge of dishonesty and desperation?
Start putting some thought into having your own business.
We’ll be talking more about you having your own business as we go forward.
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