Majoring on the major
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matt 6:22-24) NLT
Jesus clearly said it, “we cannot serve God and money.” What we give attention determines what we treasure. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mat 6:27). If you want to know what the church treasures today, listen to what the pastors preach. You can also know what individuals’ treasure from what they say in their discussions with you. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. What you treasure determines what you focus on! It seems that today, people have become indifferent to the things of God and to His will and plans for their lives. Spiritual things are no longer a priority. They are more interested in furthering themselves than they are in furthering God’s plan and His work, ushering His Glory and the return of His son.
But if we’re not careful, we can become more interested in prosperity that God gives than in God Himself. And we can grow cold spiritually. We have grown numb and indifferent to spiritual things by becoming over-concerned with material things. When we over-emphasise financial prosperity and underemphasise the kingdom of God and the things of God, we are headed for spiritual junk heap. When we walk that path, we will not experience God’s glory.
I am not against material prosperity. It’s scriptural, as God desires that our every need be met and that we grow in financial prosperity, even as our soul prospers (3 John 2). I believe we should have the material things that God has promised us. But too many people are going overboard. They are more caught up with the things God gives than in God the Giver. It shows in our prayers in church. It shows in the messages preached every Sunday from the pulpit. It shows in the amount of time we give to teaching of the Word and the content of what is taught.
The way we preach prosperity today shows where our heart is. Many believers give only for what they will get. They aren’t giving because they love God and want to further the Gospel. They give for receiving. Yes! The scriptures promise that we would receive when we give. But that shouldn’t be our focus, loving and worshipping God with our substance should. Many are born again today because they’ve been told God gives success and wealth, not because they love God. Well that could be a bait to draw them, but that shouldn’t remain their focus. Too many bread seekers today and few God seekers!
The balance of the prosperity that God gives and God the Giver shows where our hearts is today as a church. If we focus our attention on God and the things of God, we will experience more of Him. The opposite is true. If the focus of our attention is on natural things, we will have fewer and fewer experiences of the manifestation of God’s glory. The body of Christ must rid itself of wrong attitudes, of our love for material gain and of anything that would hinder us from this great move of God that is coming upon the earth.
We need to focus on seeking the manifestation of God’s glory upon the earth. There is a move of God that is coming upon the earth above all we have ever seen or heard. We need to seek God with the whole of our heart, and purge ourselves from Mammon, the god of Money. We need to seek His will above our own will.
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