“Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard” (Ecclesiastes 9:16).
The Lord Jesus charged His disciples in Mark 16:15 to “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Preaching the gospel to the entire world goes beyond reaching people one on one; it involves organizing and holding outreach crusades, having Christian teaching programs on TV, printing and distributing of evangelical materials, and so on. All these cost a lot of money, thus the reason we ought to get big financially—so we can sponsor the gospel around the world big-time.
The Bible says a poor man's wisdom is despised; in other words, his gospel is not heard since his words are despised. He may shout at the top of his voice, his reach will still be limited as he’s unable to afford the right platforms that’ll cause whatever he has to say to make the necessary impact. He won’t have anyone to follow him because nobody wants to be like him: “All the brothers of the poor hate him; How much more do his friends go far from him! He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him” (Proverbs 19:7 NLT). This in a sense lets us know that it’s difficult for the poor to make disciples or have followers since no one wants to be like him.
Refuse to be poor! Don’t be like some folks who ask, “Must every Christian be rich?” Nobody said everyone must be rich, but who says you shouldn't be? Make up your mind to reject poverty; never accept it for one moment. God doesn't want you poor. That’s why He gave us His Word, so we can learn how to deal wisely in life and profit in all our endeavours. He’s given us the wisdom to get wealth, not because He’s after riches, but because He wants us to advance His Kingdom. He says “My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad...” (Zechariah 1:17).
Thus the reason for our collective and individual wealth as Christians is so we can spread the gospel and cause the Kingdom of God to move forward; so get big for the gospel sake.
I refuse to be poor. I’m rich and prosperous, and I’m a major financier of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m deeply involved in Kingdom expansion by committing my resources to world evangelism, and I declare that my capacity to finance the gospel increases by the day through the power of the Holy Spirit, in the Name of Jesus.
(Taken by permission from Christ Embassy Church , aka Believer's LoveWorld Ministries , Lagos, Nigeria. www.ChristEmbassy.org )