📄 God's principles revolve around relationships. At the center of the eternal model of success is our investment in Relationship Capital. None of us can buy our way into heaven. You can give away millions of dollars, but if you only do it for tax reasons or with a resentful heart, it has no reward in heaven.
The Parable of the Sower calls you to use your gifts and talents to overcome fear, obstacles, thorns, and all the difficult situations in life. By doing so, you are then able to hear God and plant the seed of His word in fertile soil that has been tilled, fertilized, and aerated by your sweat and tears.
In order to uncover the secret to the Kingdom of God, we must learn to overcome obstacles brought on in the trials we face. The "crushing rocks" and the "prickly thorns" are often the words of pessimistic people we encounter. Many successful organizations and individuals have contributed greatly to mankind by persevering despite their obstacles.
Reference the book The Untold Secret that creates True Wealth by Brig Hart and John Beehner, with 140 stories and illustrations of business success by Biblical principles.
Habitat for Humanity is a beautiful example. After experiencing the thorny soil of marital turmoil, Millard Fuller and his wife followed a vision to impact millions around the world. Dr. Jonas Salk, who in 1955 discovered the vaccine for polio after years of experimentation with as many 64,000 patients, has helped reshape the world. Billy Graham and Oprah Winfrey have spread the gospel in different ways while enduring the fire of criticism. Oprah affects people every day and she attempts to plant goodness in their hearts rather than dwell on the negative things about life.
They have modeled what Jesus said are the two greatest commandments:
- Love God with all your heart (by spreading the gospel).
- Love your neighbor (by modeling godly behavior and passion for people).