Luke 13: 8, 9 – ‘‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’
Fertilize it. To fertilize something is to invest in it. If you provide it with the nourishment it needs, then surely it will grow.
God provides us with the nourishment we need through His word. As wealthy Christians, we need to make sure we’re getting this nourishment on a daily basis. Are you reading God’s word each day? Are you fertilizing your spirit and your mind?
As you read and are guided by God’s word, you will find that you grow and ideas also grow. God will plant ideas in your mind about how to best manage your money, make it grow and invest into others.
You may be familiar with the idea of pruning a plant. Many plants will produce fruit or flowers and then nothing happens unless they are cut back. Sometimes we need a little pruning (correcting) and fertilizing to produce the kind of fruit that God is looking for.
Do not think that all your growing in God will be comfortable – pruning isn’t! Do recognise however that God wants to build you up with His word and that He wants you to produce fruit in your life as a wealthy Christian. Do yourself a favour and make sure you’re fertilized by getting into God’s word and surrounding yourself with positive Christians – you can only grow in this environment!
Remember too, that after being fertilized, it is expected that you will produce fruit. A tree that isn’t productive is often cut down by its master. Be fertilized and then go on to produce fruit for God.
Wealth tip – consider if a loan is necessary to make purchases; other than a mortgage, in a short time frame it should be possible to save regular amounts and purchase items outright. A $10,000 car could end up costing you 12,000 over a 5 year period and will devalue by half in the first 12 months. Buying a similar vehicle that is 12 months old with cash may be a much smarter move financially.