So after God finished all His work on the seventh day, we are told His creation was perfect.
He did not have to keep on creating again and again week after week.
Once created, all living things, plants, animals, and human beings were self-producing at that point.
Right here in the second chapter of Genesis is a powerful formula for wealth acquisition.
There is one fundamental difference between those who get rich and those who stay poor.
The poor usually trade their time for money.
They sell themselves out to an employer and get paid x amount of dollars per hour, month or year.
On the other hand, the wealthy person will use his or her imagination and work incredibly hard to create an asset, a money tree if you will, that once up and running will continue to generate money automatically. If you think about it, this is exactly what a good investment does.
If you want to be rich, you need to become a CREATOR!
God created us in His image. He gave each of us creative talents in certain areas and powers of imagination that should not be wasted.
Here are some examples of those who used their creativity to generate massive value that was rewarded handsomely.
“the guy who created an energy drink to help him stay hydrated during hard exercise and then sold the company for $530 million.”
“the guy who built a cell phone application and sold it 50,000 times.”
“the woman who invented a mop and sold 500,000 of them on QVC.”
“the author who wrote a book about a teenage wizard and went on to become a billionaire.” (arguments about whether this book was inspired by the devil aside)
“the teenager who built a website that profited $70,000 a month and later sold it for millions.”
The people of the Book, the Jewish people have always understood the importance of effectively leveraging one’s God-given creative powers to achieve remarkable results in many different fields. The facts speak for themselves.
-The percentage of Jewish households with income greater than $50,000 is double that of non-Jews.
-Forty percent of the top 40 of the Forbes 400 richest Americans are Jewish.
-Twenty percent of professors at leading universities are Jewish.
-Forty percent of partners in the leading law firms in New York and Washington are Jewish.
-Thirty percent of American Nobel Prize winners in science and 25 percent of all American Nobel winners are Jewish.
-American Jews have nearly twice the self-employment rate of other ethnic groups in the U.S.
Here is small sampling of some incredible Jewish innovators.
-Levi Strauss-invented blue jeans
-Paul Fireman-developed Reebok athletic shoes for aerobics
-Reuben Mattus-created Haagen Dazs ice cream
-Howard Shultz-Starbucks Coffee Chain
-Salomon Brothers-created Goldman Sachs-investment banking firms
-Sergey Brin-Creator of Google, the most popular internet search engine in the universe
Lest I be misunderstood, I would like to point out that I am NOT worshipping wealth or the acquisition of wealth. My point is to urge you NOT to waste your God-given talents. Use them to create massive value and contribute to society. Although this may be hard to believe, the aforementioned inventors and entrepreneurs weren’t focused on attaining wealth for wealth’s sake. They were focused on solving a problem. The money that came was a byproduct of their efforts to deliver massive value.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’
But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’-Matthew 25:14-30
DON’T WASTE YOUR GOD-GIVEN TALENTS!!!