A few days ago, myself, like millions of people all over the globe, sat in awe as we watched an international music artist drop a bombshell on the fashion world—bombarding social media by unleashing a brand that completely broke the internet upon its arrival. Websites in which to order the brand were more crowded than a New York subway train—barely one size left available after only a few minutes.
After going back and forth from one social media site to the next, I sat back to ponder what I ‘d just witnessed. As I looked on, I saw more than just an artist trying to make a few more bucks. I saw an inheritance birthing—a brand forging a stake in a crowded market that would more than likely be here for the next generation.
As a believer, this got me to thinking. Have Christ-minded people become just as brainwashed or conditioned as the average American who’s been trained to believe that we must spend our youth indebting ourselves to education only to graduate and then indebt our time to building someone else’s American dream.
The Average American spends between 37-80 employed hours working someone else’s vision—building someone else’s brand. Some 30 or 40 odd years later, that same American retires only to live off of retirement pennies and life savings. They then budget just enough to pay the bills every month and squeeze in a dream vacation. A small percentage of employed workers use part of their salaries to invest into their own ideas then move on to develop and survive off of them. With that being said, what inheritance is being left to their loved ones? A house that might have been paid off, a few pennies, and the implied notion to their children that they must follow suit in order to be deemed responsible adults. Believers are included in this average.
I felt ashamed in this moment because, I, too, was once apart of that average. My ideology of wealth had become worldly. I was looking to man or man-made ideas of wealth to survive or to build my future on. I hit that clock to make that hourly change only to move a few dollars into savings every paycheck. We all know that savings accounts are simply what if accounts—what if I lose my job, how am I going to pay the mortgage?
A little later the above scriptures came to mind, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant…A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”
God was declaring several promises in these passages. The first being a reminder that we are His children and that He brought us up out of man’s systematic idea of wealth, which is a form of slavery, into the original wealth system—a system where His people lend and not borrow. It’s Him who gives us those ideas that pop into our minds when we’re pondering life in the shower, at the nail shop, under the dryer, and on our lunch breaks.
The Lord’s system of wealth is not selfish. It’s communal. It’s family wealth. If we listen closely, we’ll find He’s not giving ideas but instructions. The instructions He gives to one in His family align jointly with the instructions of another family member, forming a pattern that creates the cycle of wealth for the family. His instructions don’t enslave or abuse time. They are eternal and ever-redeeming. What leaves one hand small returns seven times larger. This cycle of giving births a cycle of blessing. Thus, inheritance.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m well aware of the times we’re living in. I know personally the war on wealth we all suffer through. I’m not saying an education is not important or having a regular job is the worst thing that can happen to a person. What I am saying is invest in the instructions God gives you. Don’t leave your children a legacy of struggle, but one of leadership—lead your children away from the clutches of systematic financial slavery into family wealth.
My mindset since giving birth to my children is to follow His instructions. I pray you do the same, FAMILY!