One young minister came to an older minister with a request for him to come preach at his church. The older minister asked him; “What do you want exactly? Is it to preach for you, or do you want a relationship with me?” The young minister insisted that he wanted him to preach. He declined the invite. The young man missed a wisdom opportunity.

Friend, you cannot get wisdom and money from the same source. Did you notice that the wealthiest man that ever lived in Bible history never asked for money when the opportunity presented itself (1 Kings 3:1-15)? If it were you, what would you do? Your choices will automatically determine your success (Deuteronomy 30:19). If you don’t make the right decisions per time, you may end up truncating God’s plan for your life (Joel 3:14).

Most times, acquiring wisdom is more important than getting money (1 Kings 3:1-15). You cannot receive wisdom from the same source that you are receiving money. Money without wisdom will not last, but when the right wisdom is put into practice, money will follow (Proverbs 21:20). When you meet a great man, ask for his wisdom, not his wealth.

Treasure access above assets (Psalms 27:4). One access with the right people can multiply your assets significantly. Like the young man in our opening story, some people just want someone to preach, not someone to learn from. Perhaps he wanted to use the man of God to make a public statement rather than enjoy a sound, private relationship that would soon give him a public testimony.

It is better to lose money and gain a positive relationship than to want to gain money at the expense of a good relationship. Money will come and go, but people will remain. Relationship would do for you what money cannot do (Luke 16:9). The goal of business is not to make money but to build relationships that you can leverage for success and destiny. Money is only a byproduct of this.

In your walk with God, it is better to build a relationship with God based on who He is than to build a relationship with Him based on what He gives. Who God is is superior to what He gives. If you have the Giver, you would have had what He gives. Why would you ask what to get from a God who is your shield and exceeding great reward (Genesis 15:1-6)? No gift can beat that!

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria