Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church began a new sermon series on February 28, 2021, called “Paper Chaser.” He is challenging listeners to start chasing their purpose rather than money by raising these questions: Are You A Paper Chaser? Are You Chasing Money or Your Purpose?
Todd has been teaching about finances since becoming the lead Pastor of Transformation Church in 2015. In the sermon, he revealed that God gave him a revelation about the mistake many Christians are making today. God spoke to him and said, “These people are running after something I give to people who are in their purpose.”
He went on to explain how people are putting luxuries before their relationship with God and people who are important. As a result, many are bearing bad fruit.
Todd referred to Matthew 6:33, which states, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” He used this verse to suggest that if we put God and His kingdom before everything else, then everything shall be supplied to us.
He further opined that many children are being raised by “Netflix and Youtube” because caretakers assume that “the paper [is] more important than parenting.”
Todd has seen this principle of seeking first the Kingdom of God operating in his life. Todd converted his popular sermon series Relationship Goals into a book that landed on the #1 New York Times Best Sellers list. He believes Relationship Goals was successful because he was committed to his relationship with Christ. “He is concerned with priority,” Todd said. “He always used people who are committed to the Kingdom.”
The vision of Transformation Church is to represent God to the lost and found for transformation in Christ. According to News Channel 8ABC, the church gave away $3.5 million dollars to the community to encourage and support those struggling in the midst of the pandemic in December 2020.
Todd believes that the reason people are not successful in their finances is that “many of us are a reservoir. It can come to us, but it stops with us.”
In order for us to receive more, we have to be willing to give more. Todd pointed to Proverbs 11:24 to highlight this principle, which states, “The world of the generous gets larger and larger, the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.”
To learn more about honoring your relationships and finances, check out the Paper Chaser series on Youtube.