It is without doubt that God is very interested in meeting our needs. He wants us to be in perfect health, He wants us to be pay our bills, live in nice houses, have very good cars, marry beautiful husbands and wives and have very beautiful kids. He wants us to be able to take the summer holidays of our heart desire, eat whatever we like, be able to afford the latest luxury and generally live very comfortable lives.
Jesus showed this concern, when he asked his disciples in Luke 22:35, “And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye anything? And they said, nothing”
In-fact he said, “…Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what shall eat; nether for the body, what ye shall put on” (Luke 12: 22). So he knows we have the tendency to worry about the things. He knows we need them. They are important.
John praying says “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers”. I do believe that this prayer includes material prosperity i.e. getting our needs met. We need it. Now, what should be the place or priority of this things in us? How much should they control our lives? Control our prayers? Control what we do when we gather as brethren in fellowship? What’s their priority?
At the Beginning recorded in Genesis 1 – 3, we see the whole human race cut short by disobedience of one man. We also know Man was dead, because God said:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
God couldn’t lie. The day Adam and Eve disobeyed, they died. Though they were alive physically, their spirit man died, and this passed on to every human who came out of them. We all died in Him. Ever since then, man needed Life. He was alive physically, but dead spiritually. The core being of his person was gone. The greatest need of his life, was LIFE. We must understand the priority of Man’s needs. Our needs are not first physical. Our needs are first spiritual. Man needs life. Jesus didn’t come to first satisfy our Physical needs. We were dead, we needed LIFE.
“…: I am come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)
“But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name” (John 20:31)
He said it categorically, I came to give LIFE. You don’t give life to someone who is living. We were dead before we believed. Note, FIRST life, not money, not cars, not houses. As much as God is willing to give us those things, we must understand the priority. We should ask ourselves did Jesus come to the earth to bless us materially. Do we necessarily need Jesus to be rich and successful? (We discuss this questions and others in the ALETHEIA DISCUSSION group on Whatsapp.) But you necessarily need him to HAVE LIFE, there’s no life outside of Him.
If it takes only God to be rich, the devil shouldn’t be telling Jesus…
“And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.” (Luke 4:5)
“And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. (Luke 4:6)
Notice, that Jesus didn’t say that the devil was lying by this statement. Because he was not. He bought it legally when Adam sinned.
You don’t make the best meals, buy good clothes, and take lots of money to someone in comma. As much as those things are essential for him, what he needs first is life. I wonder why there is just too much emphasis on us living good and rich lives by many of our African Pastors without adequate emphasis on what the scripture teaches. I call this the Gospel of things.
Studying the book of Acts, the emphasis of the early Christians was about Salvation, and after that spiritual growth of the new converts through teaching and prayers. Teaching about who they were in Christ and what Christ had done. Time wasn’t unnecessarily spent on praying in hours, praying that God bless them with cars and good houses or trying to undo what the devil had done. It just wasn’t necessary.
Paul through all his epistles kept charging us believers, to renew our minds. Set our hearts on things above. Though our heavenly father is eager to bless us, but we must understand the priority of things. Paul spent most of his time teaching us about the finished work of Christ and who we were now in Christ and walking in the true heritage of who we are, as SONS OF GOD. Paul encouraged us through out to grow in faith that we might in turn teach others.
In conclusion, let me say, it is God’s desire to bless us, prosper us but we need to understand the priority of things. We shouldn’t spend unnecessary time in addressing our physical needs and leaving behind the Spiritual.
I Call You Blessed
Written by Samson Afolabi
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