Top Christian Millionaires Have This in Common
The Christian millionaires that I come across always seem to have one major thing in common – that is their attitude to giving. They are philanthropists who realise that the purpose of wealth is for the glory of God and they use their wealth to build His kingdom. They have helped send the Gospel around the world, built churches, set up schools and sponsored orphanages. They put this principle to work from early on:
“There are those who [generously] scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting or what is justly due, but it results only in want.
The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered” (Proverbs 11:24-25 AMP)
They didn’t start giving when they became rich, they started even when they had little. John D Rockefeller said “I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.”
You see, it doesn’t matter how small you start, so long as you are faithful and consistent you will soon be given charge over more. David Green, the 70 year old billionaire and founder of Hobby Lobby recalls the memory of his parents’ putting their last dime on the collection plate. His father was a poor preacher yet despite their financial state, Green’s mother stepped out in faith and regularly gave to the church. He attributes his blessing to his mother’s giving and the fact that he continues to give today. Green’s son gives this testimony of him:
“For him, it (the business) was always a ministry. He couldn’t be a preacher, and grandma wanted six preachers, and he wished he could have been a preacher, but that wasn’t his calling. So he had to go where his gifting was, and he just loved the retail business. It was a way for them to have a business that they could minister in, and that was through giving. So my dad’s ministry was giving, not preaching.”
Dr Stephen Riady, a Christian businessman who is the President of the Lippo Group and Chairman of OUE Group, recently pledged S$25 million in support of universities in Singapore. Along with their desire to give towards good causes, these top Christian millionaires desire to help others improve their lives. It’s no wonder that God has entrusted them with much wealth.
Danni Johnson, Christian multi-millionaire, entrepreneur, best-selling author and internationally sought after speaker, was homeless at 21 and a millionaire by 23. She appeared on “The Secret Millionaire”, giving away at least $100,000 of her money to good causes on that program alone.
If you desire to be like these Christian millionaires, you can be. It’s really a matter of the heart (2 Corinthians 9:7). It doesn’t matter how you start, or with how much you start. Don’t despise the days of little beginnings and don’t give to be seen by others. Learn to give by faith and remember that your giving is between you and God because He alone knows your heart.