I was discussing with a minister of the gospel years ago. As we got to the subject of finance, he said to me; “I have about eight streams of income even as a full time minister. What then is the excuse of an average Christian today?” That statement got me thinking about multiple streams of income.
Friend, your life needs to be constantly fed if you hope to stay financially buoyant (Genesis 2:8-10). Whereas, God’s storehouse of provisions is inexhaustible, your supply from the storehouse is limited to the channels that you make available to Him; you need to have multiple streams of income (2 Corinthians 9:8). Streams of income are created. Income does not just come in; it comes in if you know what to do to make it come.
“Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches” (John 5:2). Your income must exceed your outgo if you would be financially stable and successful. It has been said that; “If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep would be your downfall.” The problem is not that things are expensive but the question is; “Is your income increasing?”
“And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land” (1 Kings 17:7).
If one of your channels of income suddenly closes, how would you be affected? It is a function of the other streams you have or don’t have. No matter how huge your only source of income is, it may not be enough to take care of the myriads of needs in your life.
The Sea never runs dry because it has several streams entering into it. You are like a financial ocean that requires multiple streams for survival, sustenance and success. There must be several feeders entering into your financial pocket (Isaiah 66:12).
Your gifts, talents, skills, education, training, experiences, exposures, opportunities etc. are all possible streams of income for you if you know how to monetize them.
God will never leave you stranded. Ask Him to show you what you have in your house, heart and hand that can generate streams of income (Genesis 21:19, Exodus 4:1-5, 2 Kings 4:1-7). Look beyond salary and explore other sources. Learn how to invest. Money works harder than human beings and is also capable of working for generations. Do the bulk of the thinking and let money do the hard work (Genesis 24:63, 26:12-14). The harder you think, the lesser you work.
© ‘Demola Awoyele
Destiny Impact Church