Is the Christian life about getting big bucks from God or serving our Lord? Is it about super finances or sins forgiven? Is the Christian walk about getting rich or getting right? Does more money equal Christian maturity?
The prosperity teaching is popular today. But is godliness just a way to get rich? We dare not forget the depth of man’s lostness in sin. Jesus can to rescue us from it! This is heaven’s focus. It will also be that of the mature believer. The Christian life is about serving Jesus and others not self.
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mk 8.34 NAS).
There are built-in problems with the prosperity gospel. Train wrecks and heartaches may lie ahead. Westerners are already too focused on money. Many need deliverance from material possessions and credit card debt. We need more focus on God, the giver of the gift, not the gifts themselves. Which do we love more, money or serving Jesus?
Big money does things to people. Priorities can be misplaced. They change. Some forget who they are and what their spiritual game plan is. Their flesh goes wild. Money now tells them what to do. Core values, commitments and relationships are replaced by a new car, hot clothes, toys, glitz and bling. Suddenly the flesh outshouts the Spirit. The NFL millionaire, lottery winner or one with inheritance money can live large.
Even real Christians can get confused when a family inheritance is being divided up. Who gets Momma’s ring, car, silverware and treasured items?
The believer’s wealth is in heaven.Now is the time for serving Jesus at full speed. Be a godly believer and serve Him. Time is short.
“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang. But flee these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. fight the good fight of faith; tak hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Tim 6.10-132 NAS).
(a BBN radio message by Erwin Lutzer contributed to this)