Proverbs 13: 18 – ‘He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honoured.’
How lovely to be honoured because you heed correction. The first part of this verse shows something else – if you don’t, you will come to poverty and shame. Perhaps then we can deduce that if you do learn from correction, then you will not be shamed and you will not be poor – perhaps you will have abundance!
Discipline – this word can be related to correction, obedience and self control. To be a wealthy Christian, we need to be able to be guided by others. We need to learn from mistakes and take correction from those who are able to wisely provide it.
We need to be obedient to Godly guidance and prompting so that we don’t come to poverty and shame. On top of this, we need to be disciplined to carry out actions that may be tiring and repetitive, but will ultimately develop wealth.
Generating and keeping wealth is hard work! If it came easily, then everyone would have it. It requires learning from mistakes and being pliable – willing to heed correction. This requires being humble and recognising that others may know more – or better – than us. It means having a discerning spirit – not all advice is good advice.
If we as Christians choose to benefit from discipline and correction, we will be honoured and not find ourselves shamed and lacking. Heed correction. If God’s word says to do so, then we need to listen to this. It not only will benefit you, but your family and those whose lives you speak into.
Wealth tip – look out for sales and prepare for them; save up for and buy in bulk during sales so that you’re saving money on items you regularly use.