The act of giving precedes any future success. Giving, giving, giving the last thought, but the first requirement.
Listen to a story about giving that Jesus tells us:
Let us take a look at the greatest teacher of all, what did he do? Did Jesus need anyone to give him a road or an open door before he began to give? No he didn’t, nor do we. There are opportunities all around us to give. The world is in need of more givers and less takers. Here is one of the first things that God gave:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth on him will receive eternal life.” John 3:16
Now most people are familiar with this, but how many can see the formula for success here? How many people are almost dying to have the secret to success? How many books are written about this?
What if it was here with us since the beginning of time? What would we give to find it?
Well, that secret is not a new formula, the formula for success is simple and has been with us all along, are you really ready to learn this secret?
Before we can be successful we must learn this secret and apply this time tested formula to our life. Here is the secret:
God gave us the secret to success
- There must be something given before we can receive!
Now what do I mean by something given? Well, many will say, “Oh he’s just trying to get us to give money or to buy something.” No, if your thinking is not able to see beyond money then success is further from you than ever before. Let’s look at success in a different light for a moment.
Let’s consider a story of a highly successful man that gave for years faithfully, but it wasn’t just money that he gave.
“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,”
Ok, before you ask do I have to be Italian, I will tell you that God is not a respecter of persons and that this is for everyone.
“A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people and prayed to God always.
He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day and angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.” Acts 10:1-5
Success was coming to Cornelius this day, but why? See, I don’t see anywhere in this story that success, money, fame, houses, cars, and other luxuries were growing on a tree and by happenstance Cornelius passed by and wham there they were all ready to be titled into his name for his personal possession! It doesn’t work like that! Cornelius was devout, devoted, and faithful for years giving, giving, and giving. He gave alms to the people, what are alms you say? Alms are money, food, clothing, and provisions. He gave, remember the formula?
- There must be something given before we can receive.
Cornelius was a giver, he gave alms, but there was more than this that got noticed, the giving of his time and effort in prayer was also included in this.
Prayer is giving, it is similar to the offering that Abel gave, Abel was known for giving a better offering than the one that his brother Cain gave. Believe it or not sincere and fervent prayer is the best offering that we can give. It is the connecting with God that counts more than anything, especially when time is of essence as they say. Our time, when given to God produces success because we are relying on him.
Cornelius was noticed for giving his time to God. Before we can receive, we must give, and the better the offering, the greater the reward. It’s a little thing for someone to give of their abundance, but a huge thing for someone to give from the most precious thing to them. God gave his most precious thing by giving his only begotten son. Cornelius a Centurion leader had many things to occupy his time, yet he always gave to God what was most valuable to him.
Prayer is the key to success!
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