By Prophet Shepherd Bushiri
”One of the most perplexing issues facing Christians in the marketplace today is whether God
wants us to be rich or poor. It is easy enough to find plenty of people using verses from
Scripture, often out of context, to support either extreme.Major 1 expounded the virtues of the “health and wealth gospel.” He said the
reason we don’t have riches and wealth is because we haven’t asked God for them.
The other preacher told the story of how he sold his big house, gave away everything,
and moved his family into a small, two-bedroom apartment, implying that a life of poverty
was more virtuous.
Prophet Bushiri, in his book, God is at Work, suggests that God’s view of prosperity is much more
complex, and many have drifted while trying to understand it. He makes the excellent point
that prosperity is neither moral nor immoral. It is amoral, or value-neutral.
There are two misguided attitudes often encountered concerning
the relationship between wealth and righteous living. Some view
wealth as the evil enemy of a righteous life. Others view wealth
as the essential evidence of a righteous life.Wealth is seen as the evidence of a misplaced focus on secular
No roads to prosperity are acceptable, since all means
of acquiring wealth involve undue emphasis on secular activities.
Many who follow this line of thinking retreat from the perceived
trappings of the ‘secular’ marketplace to pursue ‘sacred’ activities
Bushiri suggests a way out of the dilemma, with which we would agree. Health and wealth are
not proof of obedience to God or of sufficient faith in him. Neither are sickness and poverty
proof of disobedience or lack of faith. Both extreme viewpoints miss the mark.
Bushiri suggests Christians can adopt a new paradigm that views business and all work as
having inherent spiritual value in and of itself. The idea of all work seen as mission radically
changes the way we view normal business activity, and teaches that business can have
spiritual and economic goals. Bushiri writes,
Business can become a spiritual activity when it advances God’s
objectives by serving others and creating products and
Wealth and capital creation can be tools with which committed Christians serve God as well
as their neighbor.
Bushiri suggests six key truths to be discerned by careful, prayerful scrutiny of Scripture:
1. Wealth is to be in all areas – physical, mental, material, and spiritual.
2. Wealth is from God – he is the source of all prosperity and blessing (Matthew
7:11; Deuteronomy 8:8).
3. Wealth is to be managed – we are the stewards of the material possessions entrusted to
us (1 Corinthians 10:26; Matthew 25:14-30).
4. Wealth is to be used for God’s purposes (1 Timothy 6:17-18; 2 Corinthians 9:11).
5. Wealth is to be enjoyed (1 Timothy 6:17).
6. Wealth is not our source of trust – God is (Luke 12:34).
Eldred concludes his book with this important idea: “The concepts of transformation, work,
business, profit, and wealth are key biblical foundations of kingdom business. If one is going
to effectively do business as a mission to spread the gospel, one must first understand that
God cares about people’s spiritual, social, and economic transformation, that work in the
business world is both necessary and a sign of useful service, and that poverty is a social
Step 1: Invest early and often to become rich
The single most crucial thing you can do to ensure your financial future is investing — and the
sooner you start, the easier it is to get rich.
This isn’t BS. There’s more than 100 years of evidence in the stock market that suggests this.
Still don’t believe me? Let’s look at a real world example of how to become rich by investing.
Say you’re 25 years old and you decide to invest $500/month in a low-cost, diversified index
fund. If you do that until you’re 60, how much money do you think you’d have?
Step 2: Practice conscious spending like a rich
Anyone who knows me knows that I detest ultra-frugality — otherwise known as the lifestyle
of clipping coupons and sacrificing things like lattes for the sake of saving money.
Unlike a lot of people you see in the personal finance world, I’m not ashamed of how I spend
lots of money on things I enjoy like eating out, traveling, or nice clothes.
Step 4: Start your own business
This is my all-time favorite answer to the question “how to become rich?” I’ve always believed
that there’s a limit to how much money you can save — but no limit to how much you can
This is especially true if you start your own online business.
From my years of experience not only running my own business but teaching scores of people
to start their own as well, I’ve found that there are two great ways to start a business: