Think and Grow Rich is a motivational and personal development book written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill. Hill is considered to be one of the first influential “self-help” authors. At the time of his death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold more than 20 million copies. Amazon.com reports that BusinessWeek’s best-seller list ranked Think and Grow Rich as the sixth best-selling paperback business book 70 years after it was first published, with more than 70 million copies sold worldwide.
Charles Stanley, the popular senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta once wrote, “I began to apply the principles of Think and Grow Rich to my endeavors as a pastor, and I discovered they worked.” Why did they work? Because the principle is biblical.
As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV)
God has given human beings a remarkable ability to “think about what we are thinking about” moment by moment. God has endowed us with the power to choose what we will think about and dwell on. This is one of the great gifts from God and part of His image He created within each human being. And this ability is the pathway that God has provided to help us grow into the person He is calling us to be.
The challenge for most of us is that we forget this, especially when we are doing battle with sin. Here is a reminder from the apostle Paul:
As I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. (Philippians 3:18-19)
Over and over again, the Bible reminds us to think about what we are thinking about in order to gain victory over the battles we are fighting against sin on a daily basis. In our therapeutic age we have fallen prey to the passive mind-set approach; we believe we’ll gain victory by talking through our problems with a therapist, working through our issues with a friend, or looking for the roots of our brokenness in our painful past.
I’m not saying that these approaches are bad; they can actually be helpful. But there is a better way to personal growth and change, and it is found in sacred Scripture.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2)
The mind will continually dwell on something, and what it dwells on continually it becomes like. So we must intentionally set our minds on things above. We are to focus our minds on the glory of Christ and the truths of the Gospel. This is the key to empowering us to engage in the battle against sin—to fight through it and rise above it. To “think and grow rich” is to think about the riches we have in our Savior and grow into the person He is calling us to be. Now that is a thought worth holding on to moment by moment.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!