IMPACT: BUSINESS SEMINAR
By: Yana Calalang
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, ‘’and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” Malachi 3:10
This has been the most prominently used verse in the area of finances. Last May 20, this verse enlightened many in terms of growing and managing our money according to the way God intended it to be. Mr. Chinkee Tan, our guest speaker, cited four parts of becoming a good steward in his topic entitled, “The Power of Stewardship”.
He taught us that we are to create money by being productive. The best way to achieve this is not by simply asking God to provide money but to have wisdom to produce, manage, save, and give it all back to Him.
Secondly, we should be careful in spending money by asking three practical questions: (1) “Do I need it?” (2) “Can I pay in cash?” (3) and “What does God have to say?”
Thirdly, he mentioned that giving to the Lord and to the needy are privileges; they are investments and our responsibilities as well and this is where the verse from Malachi 3 comes in.
In an act of generosity, Mr. Chinkee Tan shared with us his secret to success. He confessed that the reason he can enjoy so much provision is because he always gave back to God what was rightfully His and more. Our speaker also emphasized that whatever amount we are receiving from God, it is our obligation to give back the 10% to Him without fault.
Lastly, he broke the mentality that most of us thought was right. It turns out that we don’t really need to prioritize saving money for emergency purposes. Mr. Chinkee Tan pointed out that through this mentality, we are anticipating for an emergency that God will leave us and be empty handed; well in fact, He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Indeed, this business seminar was an eye opener to all of us and have helped us better understand handling money in God’s way. Together, let us create an impact and practice being a faithful steward of God.