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Lid Lifters

John Maxwell speaks at length about lid-lifters in the Bible. What do we mean when we speak of lid-lifters? Lid-Lifters are people who remove the lid of other people so that those people may reach a greater level of potential.

Today I want to introduce you to some lid-lifting imperatives for the church, that, if implemented will cause ministry to thrive. We all want to see our ministry bear fruit, but they will not bear fruit if these important ingredients are absent (these are not exhaustive but imperative).

1. Lift the Lid of Someone by Lending Them Your Spiritual Gift (1Corinthians 12, Romans 12)

Stop being selfish! In this same vein, Romans 12:5 reminds us that we belong to each other. No Christian is an island. Can you wrap your mind around the kind of impact the church would have if we lent our spiritual gift so that someone else may increase?

2. Lift the Lid of Someone by Sharing Your Material Resources (Philippians 14-17)

Stop hoarding! There are too many Christians who are lovers of their wealth. Paul waited for, and accepted, material resources for his ministry. He commended those that gave and he credited their account because sharing material resources is essential to lid-lifting. If you shared just a little bit of your material possessions, do you think you’ll become bankrupt? Think about the impact you may have through that person when you give some material resource.

3. Lift the Lid of Someone by Sharing Your Financial Wealth (1 Corinthians 8)

Stop being miserly! I don’t think one can read this passage on giving and not feel convicted about giving generously. The Macedonians were an example to the Corinthian believers. They were poor yet they gave generously. They asked for opportunities to give. They gave in spite of not having much. Greed is usually a good indicator of who your real god is. When the Macedonians gave, they were lifting the lid off other Christians. Have you considered if you gave to the ministry with faithfulness and with rich generosity, the impact it would make in our world? You should consider releasing your financial wealth so that someone or some ministry might reach another level of its potential.

Selvan Govender
Director of Shepherds Heart SA
Director of Theological Education for the BMSA


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10 Reasons Why Everyone Needs Financial Planning

10 reasons why you need financial planning

  1. Reduction of debt
  2. Assisting with maximizing prosperity over the long term
  3. Helping with attaining financial independence after retirement
  4. Enabling you to meet your short term goals, e.g. special items such as holidays, a deposit on a new home or a new car
  5. Helps you be prepared for emergencies
  6. Helps you meet your lifestyle goal for each stage of your life
  7. In the event of death, it helps to ensure that your affairs are in order (including having a valid will drawn up)
  8. It helps you to gain a “BIG PICTURE” view of your financial affairs
  9. Helps you provide your family with the necessary financial security they need
  10. It gives you complete control of your finances and moves you in the right direction towards gaining the essential financial plan that will increase your assets and consequently giving you peace of mind

Download your personal Financial Planning Income and Expenses Tool (financial-planning-income-expense-tool). Should you have any Financial Planning questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

5 reasons why you resist financial planning or financial advice

  1. You are ignorant
  2. You have a perceived shortage of available funds. Financial planning will reveal that you do have the funds available.
  3. You have a lack of understanding of your need
  4. You had a previously bad experience
  5. You have been exposed to media coverage on a negative aspect of the financial services industry.

Download your personal Financial Planning Income and Expenses Tool (financial-planning-income-expense-tool). Should you have any Financial Planning questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in General Blog


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