Do your finances, career, and day-to-day life ever feel mundane and stressful? Humans tend to try and accomplish everything in our own strength, according to our plan and preferred timing. When we confine ourselves to self-made limitations, life gets boring quickly.
As Christians, we are called to more than mundane management. God’s economy offers us access to miraculous multiplication! All it takes is a new perspective and a few minor changes. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to experience financial breakthrough by applying three biblical principles:
1. Offer Every Day to God
2. Focus on Jesus, Not Yourself
3. Be Fruitful, THEN Multiply
3 Keys for Experiencing Miraculous Multiplication
1. Offer Every Day to God
God can do more with your time, talent, and treasure than you could ever imagine or accomplish alone. That’s why the first key to miraculous multiplication is to offer everything God has given you back to Him. Prayerfully devote your time and actions to God at the beginning of each day. Acknowledge His presence as you work, get coffee with a friend, and fold the laundry. Being sensitive to the presence of God amid busyness is how you’ll recognize the miraculous when it knocks on your door.
I love the story of the little boy who offered his lunch to Jesus. Besides the resurrection, it’s the only miracle mentioned in all four gospels.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
After a long day of teaching, Jesus, the disciples, and a crowd of 5,000 people were hungry. As they thought about what to do, one of the disciples, Andrew, said, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” (John 6:9, ESV)
How often do we, like Andrew, focus on the lack rather than the abundance? Andrew couldn’t multiply the food, but Jesus could. We move from mundane management to miraculous multiplication when we elevate Jesus’ power over our natural abilities. Through Jesus, our smallest offerings can serve thousands.
“Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed.” (Mark 6:41-44, NLT)
Though we may not always see or understand it, everything we offer to God will return to us redeemed and more prosperous than before. In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. Psalm 139:5 (NLT) says, “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” God goes behind you to tie up any loose ends you may have missed, and He goes before you to pave the road ahead.
2. Focus on Jesus, Not Yourself
Life can be overwhelming. The mission God has entrusted us with has weight, and our responsibilities come with challenges. The temptation is to power through with our strength and abilities. This response results in two outcomes:
2. More Anxiety
Sometimes, we can get so caught up in doing things FOR God and FOR others that we stop living life WITH Him. Remember, God’s original intent was to create alongside us. He created us to walk alongside Him in the garden. You will experience God’s economy when you pursue peace and presence with Him in your day-to-day endeavors.
So, don’t push through when you encounter frustration or limitations in your day–pause. As you run your race, invite Jesus into the moment and lean on Him for strength. As the Apostle Paul encouraged, “Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2, NLT)
(Oh, and if you can accomplish everything during your day without relying on God, you’re probably too comfortable. It’s time to move into something new.)
3. Be Fruitful, Then Multiply
The ability to be fruitful and multiply is in your DNA. It’s a fundamental reality of God’s economy. Genesis 1:28 says, “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth, replenish and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over everything living thing that moves on the earth.”
One of the biggest mistakes in my life was trying to multiply before I was fruitful. I tried to multiply before I established a strong foundation. It’s clear to see how dumb this is in the natural sense. For example, if you want to be a real estate investor, you purchase one house, learn how to manage it, and are fruitful with passive income from rents. Then, when you are ready, you can multiply by purchasing a second house. It doesn’t make sense to buy several properties before you know how to invest one properly (nor would the financials work.)
We can try to multiply before we’re fruitful in a spiritual sense, too. God has a pace for your life and the dreams He’s placed in your heart. John 15:4-5 is critical for understanding God’s pace for your life:
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me, you can do nothing.”
The key to miraculous multiplication is to remain in Jesus. Only then will we bear much fruit. The best things in life are attracted, not pursued. Maximize your current season and wait for God to add more responsibility, open a door, or lead you into something new.