Our Motivator for today is centered on our prayer card for today January 4, 2016.
In an interesting story surrounding Saul's enthronement as King, his father had sent him and a servant to go look for his lost donkeys. After days of a tiring and unsuccessful search, the servant suggested they go see a prophet who would be able to tell them the whereabouts of the donkeys.
Then Saul said to his servant, “But look, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread in our vessels is all gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?” And the servant answered Saul again and said, “Look, I have here at hand one-fourth of a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God, to tell us our way.””I Samuel 9:7-8 NKJV
Saul was the son of a respectable man named Kish and ordinarily, his father being wealthy, you would expect that Saul must have had access to his father's wealth somehow. When it came to what mattered and when it mattered, it was a servant who had what they could offer the prophet.
As Smart Stewards, we must know that Life may place a demand on us at any time and we must be ready. Life definitely places demands on the rich and the poor alike and necessity demands that we perform. So here, Saul was clueless and "giftless", with excuses- " but we have nothing". Who are the we? Shouldn't he speak for himself? You may be moving with and in a crowd, but let it be known to you that you are all you have and God is your only guaranteed company. Where were the proceeds of all that Saul got from his dad? How come the servant had something to place on the table but Saul didn't have; or maybe he had and it was home. We must always be prepared for opportunities. The servant's savings came to the rescue. It's such a painful and disappointing thing not to be able to meet up with our needs when they arise, especially if we work and have been earning.
The Smart Stewards platform exists to motivate, admonish, correct and inspire us to be the best Managers of our funds ever. We won't just pat ourselves on the back, we must be able to say the truth that will set us free. We need to rise and take charge of our today and chart the best course for our children. Years to come ,they must be proud of us for all we have accomplished and are passing on to them.
-Don't eat all you make
-Don't invest in depreciating possessions at the detriment of the future
-Don't keep buying clothes because you want to impress people; when the chips are down, people don't care how good you look.
-Don't keep borrowing to live like the Joneses
-Don't buy what you can conveniently afford.
-Don't keep postponing your financial makeover till tomorrow
-Never be unprepared for opportunities
"Now Samuel took Saul and HIS SERVANT and brought them into the hall, and had them sit in the place of honor among those who were invited; there were about thirty persons.”I Samuel 9:7-8, 22
Just as our prayer card says, whatever gift you have: not just talents; even your monetary gifts will bring you before great men. This servant's shekel of silver gave him a place amongst Samuel's honored men. And definitely when Saul became king, he must have occupied a strategic position in his cabinet. This servant was knowledgeable and he was financially saavy- He had something to offer.
Why are we surprised to see servant riding on horses and the princes walking sometimes? (Ecc 10:7)
In 2016 and beyond, May you matter where it matters.
Sola Shiphrah Adesakin
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