ACTION DRIVEN FAITH:
CHRISTIANIT, PROSPERITY AND AGILITY
HOW TO GAIN PROSPERITY USING AGILE METHODOLOGY – Part 1
Many of us as Christians are living defeated lives that are devoid of victory and power. This is often not because we lack faith, but rather because we fail to act on that faith. Surveys conducted by BeliefNet revealed that one of the most common subjects that Christians pray about is prosperity and finances. The survey also revealed that as many as 70% of Christians and 80% of Jews feel that their prayers are not always answered. God does actually answer every single prayer but many times we doubt because we expect God to answer our prayers in a certain way and within a certain time period. If He doesn’t work according to our beliefs, we often take that to mean that our prayers have not been answered. Many times, God is waiting on us to exercise our faith in order for the answers to prayer to be manifested. When we fail to act, we fail to see the answers to our prayers. This is exactly what happened in the story of Naaman the leper when the prophet told him to go dip in the Jordan river in order to be healed of leprosy. At first Naaman refused to act because he expected the prophet to wave his hands over him and he would be healed. It was not until he obeyed the instructions that he was healed of his leprosy. I will use the concept of Agile Methodology to illustrate how we as Christians can see success in our financial lives if we apply the methods to our Christian lives. Agile Methodology is widely used in software development but may also be applied to business and to real world situations as well. Agile Methodology begins withfirst defining your objectives. This is followed by a series of steps. For illustrative purposes, we will mimic the steps in Agile Methodology and right after defining our objectives, we will go through a series of steps. In this blog post which is Part 1 of a 6-Part series, I will address the matter of defining our objectives and the first two (2) steps we can use to achieve financial prosperity using the Agile Methodology.
Application of Agility to Our Financial Prosperity
We know that Biblical Prosperity is not limited to a healthy bank account. It is more than money, but for the purpose of this message, we will equate prosperity to financial security.
Even though we believe that Christians should continue praying for financial blessings, there are specific actions we can take to help with the realization of this prayer request.
First and foremost, you need to define your objectives.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE YOURSELF FINANCIALLY?
Carl Richards, a financial planner and author of “The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to be Smart About Your Money,” is known for boiling down essential money advice into a simple sketch that could fit on a napkin.
Richards looks at the question that should guide your savings goals: Where do you want to go?
“When you plan a trip, you decide where to go first”.
Richards is right, if you don’t know where you are going, you will never get there. Yet this is what most of us, especially Christians, do. We do not have clearly defined goals but we have big desires and aspirations.
We do not know what God wants or what plans God has for our life, yet we want HIM to bless us.
To be successful and content, we need to follow a simple methodology as follows:
1-Pray for guidance, direction and purpose for your life. The Bible says in James 1:5 (NIV) “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” If we ask God for wisdom, He will surely give it to us. When King Solomon asked God for wisdom, God made him the wisest man who ever lived. Likewise, God will give us direction and guidance if we ask of him.
2- Once you have the direction, you need to formulate your goals clearly. God spoke to Joseph through dreams and through the dreams of others. When Joseph interpreted King Pharaoh’s dream, he realized that God was telling him that Egypt would undergo 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine. Based on this revelation, after King Pharoah had appointed him as overseer over the land of Egypt, Joseph immediately put plans into place to manage the country’s resources during the 14 years that God had called to his attention. According to Genesis 41:47-49, the bible says “And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.”
After defining your financial objectives, praying for guidance and clearly formulating your goals are the next 2 steps in the process of applying Agile Methodology to financial prosperity for Christians. Next week, we will cover the next two steps – breaking down goals into actionable steps and then execution of our plan.